Palestinians condemn ‘raiding’ of Al-Aqsa by Israeli forces

Palestinians have condemned the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday by Israeli police, which then launched tear fuel and rubber-coated metal bullets at worshippers at Islam’s third holiest web site in occupied East Jerusalem, in response to Palestinian media.

Israeli police forcefully evacuated Muslim worshippers to clear the way in which for the Jewish guests in some of the delicate venues within the Palestinian-Israeli battle, stated Palestinian officers.

The Palestinian Authority (PA), which governs elements of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, in an announcement stated it held “the Israeli occupation government fully responsible for the escalation resulting from the Israeli incursion in the Al-Aqsa mosque complex in occupied Jerusalem”.

The PA known as the Jewish visits provocative and a “serious threat to “security and stability”.

But the Israeli police stated that within the early hours of the morning Palestinian “youths began throwing stones at the Temple Mount esplanade towards police forces, who dispersed them”.

Israeli police monitor and regulate Jewish visits to the compound, which homes Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock shrine – Islam’s holiest web site after Mecca and Medina.

The web site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque is understood to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, whereas Jews confer with the place of worship because the Temple Mount.

The incident befell two days forward of Eid al-Adha celebrated by Muslims, and on the eve of their annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Hamas, the group that governs the Gaza Strip, known as on the Palestinians to make their solution to Jerusalem, and to stay within the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound till Eid al-Adha prayers.

‘Violations and attacks’

Jordan’s Islamic Waqf, which administers the holy websites within the compound, condemned the “violations and attacks” carried out by “Jewish fanatic groups, with the support and political cover of the Israeli government,” it stated in an announcement carried by official Palestinian web site Wafa, claiming Israel was “aiming for a religious war”.

“The Israeli actions against the mosque are rejected and condemned, and represent a violation of the historical and legal status quo, international law and Israel’s obligations as an occupying power in East Jerusalem,” spokesman for Jordan’s overseas ministry, Daifallah Al-Fayez, stated in an announcement on Sunday.

According to an Ottoman-era unwritten association supervised by the Waqf, Muslims are allowed to wish on the web site, whereas non-Muslims are solely allowed entry as vacationers.

On its half, the EU delegation to the Palestinian territories in a tweet stated it was “concerned over ongoing tensions” and urged that there be no “acts of incitement”.

It additionally known as for respect for the positioning’s establishment and urged Israeli, spiritual and neighborhood leaders to urgently “calm down this explosive situation”.

‘Freedom of worship’

But Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett directed that Jewish visits there “continue, while maintaining order at the site”, he stated in an official assertion after the incident.

In a second assertion following the Waqf and PA condemnations, Bennett burdened that “freedom of worship on the Temple Mount will be fully preserved for Muslims as well”, pointing to the upcoming pageant of Eid al-Adha.

Sunday additionally marked the Jewish pageant of Tisha B’Av, which usually sees a rise in Israeli guests to the holy web site.

Israeli media reported greater than 1,000 Israelis walked via the Jerusalem plaza. But a spokesman for a Jewish group encouraging such visits advised AFP that 1,679 pilgrims have been on the mosque compound on Sunday morning and afternoon.

They have been largely spiritual Jews, some with youngsters in tow, who toured the positioning underneath heavy police guard to mark the Tisha B’Av quick day.

Two years in the past, when the Jewish and Muslim holidays coincided,  dozens of Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli forces and 7 others have been arrested.

The space is in Jerusalem’s walled Old City and a part of the territory Israel captured in a 1967 Middle East battle. Israel annexed East Jerusalem in 1980, in a step that was by no means recognised by the worldwide neighborhood.

In May, Israel launched an 11-day assault on the Gaza Strip after Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, attacking Muslim worshippers throughout the remaining days of Ramadan.

The Israeli air raids on Gaza killed not less than 256 Palestinians, together with 66 youngsters, whereas rockets launched by Palestinian teams killed not less than 12 folks, together with two youngsters. The escalation ended with an internationally brokered ceasefire.


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