Hundreds of Palestinians have staged a rally in Gaza to condemn Israel’s decision to add two shrines in the occupied West Bank to its list of heritage sites.
On Monday, supporters of the Islamic Jihad movement chanted slogans denouncing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and burned an Israeli flag.
The demonstration was held after Netanyahu announced a plan to include the Cave of the Patriarchs in al-Khalil and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem on the list of around 150 sites that Israel plans to restore.
The United Nations has also expressed concern about Tel Aviv’s decision to include the two sites on Israel’s list of heritage sites.
UN officials said they are worried about heightened tension resulting from the decision and noted that the sites are of historic and religious significance not only for Judaism but also for Islam and Christianity.
The move sparked outrage in the occupied West bank town of al-Khalil, which is also known as Hebron, where Israeli troops clashed with Palestinians.
Both Hamas and Fatah have denounced the Israeli move as yet another setback for the peace process.