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Palestinian Ambassador joins protests in Iraq

Palestinian Ambassador to Iraq, Ahmed Akl, participated in the anti-Trump protest in Baghdad along with clerics belonging to Shia and Sunni communities in Baghdad, Iraq, on 8 December 2017. [yaqaem_313/Twitter]
Palestinian Ambassador to Iraq, Ahmed Aqel (C) participated in the anti-Trump protest in Baghdad along with clerics belonging to Shia and Sunni communities in Baghdad, Iraq, on 8 December 2017. [yaqaem_313/Twitter]

Protests swept across Iraq today against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Iraqi protesters gathered in public squares after Friday prayers in various provinces in order to condemn the president's decision.

Protesters chanted slogans against Israel and the US president, while holding banners reading: "Trump … enemy of the people … Jerusalem is ours."

The Palestinian Ambassador to Iraq, Ahmed Akl, participated in the anti-Trump protest in Baghdad along with clerics belonging to Shia and Sunni communities.

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"Trump's decision will not change the identity of Jerusalem, which is the capital of the Palestinian state and a holy city for all Muslims," ​​protester Salman Al-Nasiri told the Anadolu Agency.

He added that "the Arab and Islamic countries must take action and not stand silent in front of this unjust decision against Jerusalem, Palestinians and Muslims in general."

Trump announced on Wednesday that the US will recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and intends to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.

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