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Palestinians Rally Against UAE, Israel Deal

Palestinians Rally Against UAE, Israel Deal

Saturday, 15 August, 2020 - 06:00
Palestinians take part in a protest against the United Arab Emirates' deal with Israel to normalise relations, in Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Raneen Sawafta

Thousands of Palestinians took part in rallies across the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip on Friday, in condemnation of the US-brokered peace agreement between the UAE with Israel.

In occupied Jerusalem, hundreds of worshipers held a protest following the weekly Friday prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, where the protesters waved flags of Palestine and banners decrying UAE's declaration on normalizing its relations with Israel.

In Nablus, north of the occupied West Bank, hundreds of protesters demonstrated in the city's main square following the Friday prayer.

Similar rallies and stands in condemnation of the declaration were also organized in many areas of the West Bank, including in the towns and villages of Yatta, Hares, Kafr Qaddum, as well as in other areas and towns in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian parties and factions issued statements of denunciation and condemnation of the newly- brokered peace deal.

Secretary-general of the PLO Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat, called on European diplomats to continue to adhere to their positions in support of international law and international legitimacy and to reject the deal of the century, annexation, settlement plans, and imposing facts on the ground. Erekat considered the establishment of relations between the Emirates and Israel a "strategic mistake."

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