A Palestinian man prays in front of the Dome of the Rock at the Al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem. File/AFP
"We welcome Australia's decision with regards to Jerusalem & its call for a two-state solution in accordance with international legitimacy," the Palestinian Authority's civil affairs minister, Hussein Al Sheikh, said on Twitter.
Sheikh hailed Australia's "affirmation that the future of sovereignty over Jerusalem depends on the permanent solution based on international legitimacy".
Announcing the change of policy by Australia's centre-left government, Foreign Minister Penny Wong said Jerusalem's status should be decided through peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, and not through unilateral decisions.
"We will not support an approach that undermines" a two-state solution, she said, adding: "Australia's embassy has always been, and remains, in Tel Aviv."
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid described the policy reversal by Australia's centre-left government as a "hasty response".
"Jerusalem is the eternal and united capital of Israel and nothing will ever change that," Lapid said in a statement released by his office.
In 2018 a conservative government led by Scott Morrison followed then US president Donald Trump's lead in naming west Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
The move caused a domestic backlash in Australia and caused friction with neighbouring Indonesia — the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation — temporarily derailing a free trade deal.
Jerusalem captured east Jerusalem in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move not recognised by most of the international community.
The city is claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians, and most foreign governments avoid formally declaring it the capital of any state.
Two brothers were killed by Israeli fire in Kafr Ein, near Ramallah, while a third man died of bullet wounds to the head fired by Israeli troops in Beit Ummar, near the flashpoint city of Hebron, the ministry said.
The fierce clashes broke out on Friday between anti-settlement protesters and Israeli soldiers in the villages of Beita, Beit Dajan, and Kafr Qaddum. The protesters burned tires and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed on the perimeters of the villages, they said.
An Israeli military statement said troops came under heavy fire during an operation in the city of Jenin, in which an armed operative of the Hamas group and two other people were arrested. It said troops returned fire and "hits were identified".
A video clip of Egyptian couple riding e-scooters to their wedding venue has gone viral on social media. The video showed the couple, each riding a e-scooter, and behind them were the cars celebrating their marriage in Giza Governorate.
Of those hurt in the accident, 138 sustained minor injuries and a further 24 were still in hospital, the health ministry said. The blast blew out the windows of several houses in the surrounding area and damaged their interiors.
The initiative is inspired by the pioneering success of Dubai Police’s Smart Police Stations (SPS), which provide security and community services around the clock, without human intervention.
The meeting addressed cooperation between the UAE and the Comoros and opportunities to advance ties in the economic, trade, investment, and development fields to achieve the aspirations of the two countries and peoples.