US ‘extremely concerned’ about violence at Al-Aqsa, urges ‘all sides’ to exercise restraint – Middle East Monitor
The United States is “extremely concerned” about the tension surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem and has urged “all sides” to exercise restraint, Anadolu News Agency reports.
“We remain deeply concerned by the continued violence, and we urge all sides to avoid further escalation,” White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters during a news conference.
“It is vital, now more than ever, that Israelis and Palestinians work together to reduce this tension and restore calm,” he said.
When asked why the US did not condemn Israel’s attack on Palestinian worshipers, Kirby responded by saying: “I think we have a very strong record of speaking out against the violence around the world, and the death and injury made for all people. faith.”
His comments came as tensions escalated as Israeli police detained around 350 worshipers from inside the complex.
A group of Palestinians barricaded themselves inside the Al-Qibli Prayer Hall after Jewish settlers called for a raid on the Mosque. They tried to prevent police from entering by closing the doors.
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