Palestine Condemns New Raids ‘Flaming Religious Tensions’ on Al Aqsa
Palestine news agency WAFA reported that Israeli police escorted a group of settlers, who performed rituals across the compound in a further escalatory move.
“The provocative tours are still going on until this moment,” the news agency said.
The Israeli settlers’ tour came ahead of the contested flag-waving march that is scheduled to take place later today.
The march is expected to draw further tension in the region, which has been witnessing several clashes due to Israeli violations and attacks against Palestinians.
According to WAFA, Israeli police officers “brutally assaulted” an elderly Palestinian man earlier today during the settlers’ tour.
Israeli police also arrested four Palestinians at the Chain Gate, one of the gates leading to the Al Aqsa compound.
“Israeli police also imposed strict restrictions on the entry of Palestinians to the compound, only allowing people above the age of 40 access to the compound,” WAFA added.
The Palestinian Foreign Affairs Ministry released a communique today, stating that “by allowing hunters of Israeli fanatics into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound this morning, the Israeli government was aligning itself with racist elements that are fanning the flames of religious tensions in Jerusalem.”
The ministry condemned Sunday’s raids, saying that Palestine holds the Israeli government responsible for the provocative parade.
“As an occupying power, Israel is restricted by international law to acting only as the temporary administrator of the Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem,” said the ministry’s statement.
Palestinians need protection against Israeli settlers’ unrelentingly hostile agenda, the Palestinian authority said, calling for an “immediate” international, UN-led intervention to address Israeli provocation and attacks on Palestinians. e Israeli hostile agenda.
Source: Morocco World News.