Arab League to hold emergency meeting over Israel raid on Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa – Middle East Monitor

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The Arab League will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss Israel’s escalation at the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in East Jerusalem, Anadolu News Agency reports.

Jordan requested the meeting, in cooperation with Egypt and Palestine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Jordan said in a statement.

The meeting will be held “in light of the developments at the Al-Aqsa Mosque as a result of the Israeli police raid on the site and its attack on worshippers,” the statement said.

Jordan said it had a series of communications with Arab countries to stop Israeli attacks “which are a significant violation of international humanitarian law, and conduct of rejection and criticism aimed at changing the historical and legal status quo.”

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Amman said he will, in cooperation with Arab countries, take all necessary measures “to stop the escalation and dangerous violations of the Israeli occupation and hold it accountable.”

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 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.

According to the Palestinian Prisoner Affairs Commission, Israeli police began releasing the detainees on the condition that they be removed from the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City of Jerusalem for a week.

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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