UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Palestine Liberation Organization’s top envoy in the U.S., has been recalled from Washington in response to the opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem.

On Tuesday, May 15, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recalled Husam Zomlot, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s chief representative in Washington.

The move came in protest to the U.S.’ decision to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem for their future capital. Until Monday, all countries had refused to place embassies in Jerusalem, saying the status of the city needed to be resolved first.

Violent clashes erupted on Monday between Israeli security forces and Palestinians at the Gaza border. Dozens were killed and thousands more wounded.

Turkey and South Africa recalled their ambassadors to Israel on Monday in the wake of the violent clashes.