Erdogan, Hollande discuss attack on Al Aqsa Mosque

French and Turkish presidents discuss recent Israeli attack on Al Aqsa Mosque

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Turkish President Erdogan and his French counterpart Hollande at a press conference

Updated Sep 18, 2015

Turkish official sources reported that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his "concerns" over the recent incidents at the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to his French counterpart Francois Hollande during a phone call on Thursday.

Erdogan made the call to criticise Israeli security forces’ breach of the Muslim holy site, which sparked outrage in the Islamic world.

During the phone call, Erdogan stressed the importance of founding of a sovereign Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem and Israel retreating back to its 1967 borders.

Meanwhile, Hollande expressed concern on part of France regarding the developments in Jerusalem.

The two leaders also talked about the ongoing refugee crisis and agreed to keep in close contact regarding regional problems.

Aside from the French president, Erdogan had talks with many other world leaders, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Saudi King Salman, to draw the world's attention to the violation of Palestinians' rights.

Dozens of Israeli police broke into the Al Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem on Sunday, leading to violent clashes between Palestinian worshippers and protesters on one side, and fully armed Israeli police forces on the other.

Israeli forces used tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets on worshipers near the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Al Qibali Mosque.

The Al- qsa mosque has been a source of religious and political tension for decades between Israel and Palestine, as well as a frequent flashpoint for violence. Similar clashes took place at the end of July.

Israel annexed East Jerusalem's Al Aqsa’s neighbourhood in the Six Day War of 1967, the international community does not recognize the annexation.

Some religious Jewish groups call for the demolition of the Al Aqsa Mosque, known as the Temple Mount amongst Jews, in order to fulfill a biblical commandment to build a third Jewish temple in its place.


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