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Israel has no rightful claim or sovereignty over occupied al-Quds, Palestine says

Palestine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs building (File photo)

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates says the Israeli regime has no rightful claim or sovereignty over the occupied al-Quds, including its old city area and holy sites.

In a statement on Thursday, the ministry said respecting the special status of occupied Jerusalem al-Quds is an integral part of the universally recognized rights of the Palestinian people.

"The international community’s position on Jerusalem is clear: Israel has no rightful claim or sovereignty over Jerusalem, including occupied East Jerusalem, its Old City and its holy sites," said the ministry.

The statement added, "Israel, the occupying Power, has no authority to engage in diplomatic relations or invite States to open diplomatic offices in any part of the City."

This comes after reports showed British Prime Minister Liz Truss was considering relocating the UK embassy in Tel Aviv to the occupied city of al-Quds in a controversial decision that would follow in former US president Donald Trump’s footsteps.

The Palestinian ministry said that the possible move by the UK would amount to “complicity in Israel’s illegal annexation of the city.”

"Opening an embassy in Jerusalem amounts to complicity in Israel’s illegal annexation of the city and relentless attempts to assert sovereignty, including through war crimes of forcible displacements, demolitions, and control over holy sites," it said.

The statement noted that Palestine would “pursue all available legal, diplomatic, and political measures to ensure that Jerusalem and its status are protected."

Meanwhile, the Palestinian resistance Movement Hamas said the relocation of the embassy would not give any legitimacy to the Israeli regime.

“The announcement by the British Prime Minister Liz Truss about her intention to move her country’s embassy to al-Quds is a flagrant bias toward the occupying regime,” Hamas spokesperson Abdel Latif Qanou said.

Israel lays claim to the entire al-Quds, but the international community views the city’s eastern sector as occupied territory and Palestinians consider it the capital of their future state.

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