Arab League condemns Israel ‘crimes’ at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa – Middle East Monitor
The Arab League, on Wednesday, called on the United Nations Security Council to intervene to stop Israel’s “crimes” at the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in East Jerusalem, Anadolu News Agency reports.
In a statement issued after an emergency meeting in Cairo, the Arab League condemned Israel’s attacks against worshipers inside the Al-Aqsa complex.
“Hundreds of these crimes have escalated dangerously over the past days of Ramadan, resulting in injuries and arrests of worshipers, assaults and deliberate destruction of the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by extremist Israeli officials and settlers under defense of the Profession. forces,” he said.
The statement rejected “all kinds of Israeli violations of Islamic and Christian holy places, especially those aimed at changing the historical and legal status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
The Pan-Arab League held Israel responsible for the consequences of its actions that hinder freedom of worship at Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.
She called on the United Nations, including the Security Council, to assume its legal, moral and humanitarian responsibilities for stopping Israeli violence and for providing international protection to the Palestinian people.
Jordan requested an emergency meeting on Wednesday, in conjunction with Egypt and Palestine.
Tensions escalated in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday after Israeli police detained around 350 worshipers from inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.
A group of Palestinians barricaded themselves inside the Al-Qibli Prayer Hall in the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex after Jewish settlers called for a raid on the mosque. They tried to prevent police from entering by closing the doors.
Around the Al-Qibli Prayer Hall, the Israeli police went up to the roof of the Mosque, broke some of the windows and first intervened with sound bombs against the worshipers inside. Some of the people in the Mosque tried to resist the police by throwing fireworks.
For Muslims, Al-Aqsa is the third holiest site in Islam. Jews call the area the Temple Mount, saying that it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, during the Arab-Israeli War of 1967. It annexed the entire city in 1980 in a move never recognized by the international community.
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