The Palestinian Foreign Ministry on Sunday urged the international community to take a decisive stance against the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied capital Jerusalem.
The call came as Israeli occupation forces and scores of Israeli settler fanatics broke into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday morning, attacking worshipers at the holy site and detaining many of them.
Al-Aqsa Mosque is the world’s third-holiest site for Muslims. Israeli aggression in the Al-Aqsa mosque last time provoked Hamas to conduct air-raid on occupied territories of Israel, resulting in 11-day mass aggression that killed over 160 Palestinians.
“This [Israeli] attack falls within the framework of an official Israeli decision to perpetuate the temporal division of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. It also comes within the framework of Israelization and Judaization of Jerusalem aimed at emptying the city of its Palestinian citizens,” said MoFA in a press release.
Israeli Police officers also fired stun grenades and tear gas canisters at the worshipers and forced many of them out of the holy site due to the intensity of teargas.
The Foreign Ministry held the Israeli government fully responsible for this ongoing aggression in Jerusalem and neighbourhoods and warned dire consequences on the overall political situation.
MoFA stressed that Israeli attempts to change the historical and legal status quo in Al-Aqsa Mosque will not pass, thanks to the steadfastness of the Palestinian people of Jerusalem who have been keen on defending their city on behalf of the Arab and Islamic nations.