World leaders condemn Israeli raid on Al-Aqsa Mosque
World leaders have condemned the brutal attack by Israeli forces on Palestinian worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem for the second night in a row, as fears grow that the violence.
Thousands of Israeli armed officers entered the site and nearly 20,000 worshipers were still performing the Ramadan Taraweeh night prayer.
The raid is the second by Israeli forces. On Tuesday night, thousands of heavily armed officers stormed the site, used stun grenades and fired tear gas into the Qibli prayer hall – the building with the silver dome – where hundreds of men, women, elderly people were , and children stay overnight to pray. . Some eyewitnesses said that rubber-coated steel bullets were also fired.
On Wednesday, the White House said it was “extremely concerned” about the ongoing violence and urged all sides to avoid further escalation.
“It is imperative, now more than ever, that Israel and the Palestinians work together to reduce these tensions and restore calm,” White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was “shocked and horrified” by images of Israeli security forces beating people inside the mosque.
Videos from inside the mosque showed Israeli officers repeatedly hitting people with batons while they appeared to be lying on the floor. Meanwhile, women and children could be heard crying in the background.
Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Guterres viewed images of “violence and beatings” inside the holy site, and was all the more upset because it came “at a time of the calendar that is holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims that should be a time for peace. and non-violence”.
“Places of worship should only be used for peaceful religious rites,” he said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose country and Israel are working to rebuild strained ties, said: “Trampling on the Al-Aqsa Mosque is our red line.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government was “very concerned about the inflamed rhetoric coming out of the Israeli government”.
“We need to see the Israeli government change its approach,” Trudeau said.
The comments come on the back of widespread criticism of Israel’s raid on Tuesday night from the Arab world.
The UAE said Israel’s actions risked “exacerbating tensions and instability in the region”.
The Arab League condemned the attack.
“The extremist approaches that govern Israeli government policy will lead to widespread conflict with the Palestinians if they are not stopped,” said Ahmed Aboul Gheit, secretary general of the Arab League, in a statement.