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06 December 2017
22:07 GMT A general strike has been called by all Palestinian factions in protest of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Midday rallies are due to take place Thursday.
The Palestinian education ministry declared a day off and urged teachers as well as high school and university students to take part in the planned rallies in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the Gaza Strip and Palestinian areas in Jerusalem.
Palestinians switched off Christmas lights at Jesus’ traditional birthplace in Bethlehem in protest on Wednesday night.
21:59 GMT The UN Security Council is likely to meet Friday, according to diplomats who say that a meeting has been requested by half of the council’s members, Reuters reports.
The request for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to publicly brief the Security Council meeting was reportedly made by France, Bolivia, Egypt, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, Britain and Uruguay.
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possibility of Demonstrations, Temporary Suspension of Routine Public Services
U.S. Embassy, Amman, Jordan
December 6, 2017 pic.twitter.com/BB9KDoHYyD
— U.S. Embassy Jordan (@USEmbassyJordan) December 6, 2017
21:19 GMT Protests have reportedly broken out in Amman, Jordan, where many Palestinian refugees now live having once been located in the West Bank. According to Reuters, Palestinian protesters could be heard shouting: “Down with America” . The conclusion of the Six-Day War in 1967 resulted in Israel capturing parts of the West Bank once held by Jordan.
20:24 GMT German Chancellor Angela Merkel has released a statement saying she “does not support” the US government’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
20:14 GMT Saudi King Salman has received a call from Turkish President Erdogan to discuss today’s “developments,” according to the Saudi Spa news agency.
20:10 GMT Morocco has summoned the US Charge D’Affaires in response to its deep concerns over Trump’s decision, according to the country’s state news agency.
20:04 GMT Trump has called on Saudi Arabia to break its blockade of Yemen and immediately allow essential provisions to reach people inside the besieged country.
“I have directed officials in my administration to call the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to request that they completely allow food, fuel, water and medicine to reach the Yemeni people who desperately need it,” Trump said in a statement.
20:01 GMT The EU has expressed “serious concern” in the wake of Trump’s decision “on Jerusalem and the repercussions this may have on the prospect of peace”, according to a statement from EU Vice-President Federica Mogherini.
“The EU calls on all actors on the ground and in the wider region to show calm and restraint in order to prevent any escalation,” the statement adds. “The focus should remain on creating conditions for direct and meaningful negotiations that can resolve all final status issues.”
Statement by High Representative/Vice-President @FedericaMog on the announcement by US President Trump on Jerusalem : https://t.co/TwFN5VkZpV
— European Commission (@EU_Commission) December 6, 2017
19:56 GMT Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that the Palestinian cause will remain a collective concern among Arabs until a Palestinian state is created with Jerusalem as its capital.