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Al-Qaeda condemns Trump’s Jerusalem move, calls for action

  • Published at 09:38 PM December 07, 2017
  • Last updated at 10:59 PM December 07, 2017
Al-Qaeda condemns Trump’s Jerusalem move, calls for action
A Palestinian protester looks on as tear gas and smoke are seen during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah December 7, 2017REUTERS

Addressing Islamist militants, the group called on them to close ranks to be ready to support Palestinians and urged Muslims to help with money and weapons

Islamist militant group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has condemned the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and called on militants to close ranks to support Palestinians.

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed decades of US policy and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In the statement carried by the US SITE monitoring group, the Yemen-based AQAP said Trump’s decision was the result of what it said were “normalisation steps” between some Gulf Arab countries and Israel.

“It is also a clear challenge to the Muslim world that sees the centrality of the Palestinian cause,” the group said. “In the face of this serious events, we stand by our people in Palestine and support them with all we possess.”

Addressing Islamist militants, the group called on them to close ranks to be ready to support Palestinians and urged Muslims to help with money and weapons.

“If you do not move, God forbid, then tomorrow the holiest of places and the Muslims’ Qiblah, Mecca, will be sold and you will find then no one to defend it,” it said.

The AQAP, which was formed in 2009 by the merger of al Qaeda’s Saudi and Yemeni branches, is regarded by the United States as one of the most dangerous groups of the network founded by Osama bin Laden.

The United States has repeatedly carried out drone strikes on members and leaders of the group, which makes remote areas in southern Yemen as its main base.

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