Travel alert issued after Trump announcement on status of Jerusalem

British travellers to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territories have been warned over protests against US president Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Large demonstrations have been taking place across the West Bank including Ramallah, Bethlehem and Jerusalem’s Old City following Trump’s announcement yesterday.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office revised its travel advise to the region in the early hours of this morning.

“These protests are expected to continue on 7 and 8 December and could lead to clashes,” the FCO said.

“You are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations and follow the advice of local police authorities.”

President Trump’s move reversed decades of US policy. His announcement puts the US at odds with the rest of the international community’s view on Jerusalem’s status.

However, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed it as “a historic day”.

Eight of the 15 nations who are members of the United Nations Security Council have called for the body to hold an urgent meeting on the US decision by the end of the week.

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