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Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh gestures as he delivers a speech over U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in Gaza City

Hamas chief Ismail Haniya warned Tuesday that a USA decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise the city as Israel's capital would be a "dangerous escalation" that crosses "every red line".

The tension surrounding US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel continues to grow as senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub said Thursday evening that US Vice President Mike Pence, who is due to visit the Palestinian Authority this month, is not invited.

Unlike the worldwide reaction, the official spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs had refused to criticise the US decision, the politburo said.

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"United States citizens should avoid areas where crowds have gathered and where there is increased police and/or military presence", the notice added.

At least 31 Palestinians were wounded in clashes in the Gaza Strip and across the occupied West Bank. He added that his administration would begin a process of moving the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 requires that the president move the embassy to Jerusalem, but each president has invoked the law's national security waiver every six months since - including Trump's waiver in June.

Yesterday, while addressing media, External Affars Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had that said India's position on Palestine is shaped by its own views and interests and not determined by any third country. Meanwhile, the White House made it clear that recognizing Jerusalem does not signify giving up on the peace process. "No other country in the world has given recognition to Jerusalem as Israel's capital", it said in a statement. "This decision spells a start of a new political phase", he noted.

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