Turkey's President condemns Israeli invasion of Al-Aqsa

Turkey’s President called Palestinian President and condemned Israeli forces violent invasion of Al Aqsa Mosque

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Photo by: Reuters

An Israeli policewoman prevents a Palestinian woman from entering the compound which houses al-Aqsa mosque, known by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City September 13, 2015.

Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas on Monday and condemned the Israeli forces violent invasion of Al Aqsa Mosque.

Erdogan stated that he was deeply saddened by the Al Aqsa incidents, as clashes continued for the second day between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police forces, after Israeli forces invaded Jerusalem's al Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday and attacked worshippers.

 “At least 170 Israeli special forces and police stormed the compound through Al-Magharabeh gate and started firing rubber bullets and stun grenades,” said Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, director-general of Al-Aqsa Affairs, who spoke to Anadolu Agency.    

Israeli police have said that Palestinian youths allegedly ‘harassed’ Jews pouring into the compound to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year.

However, Palestinians have stated that they had gathered to protest the Israeli police, who broke into the mosque.

Several Palestinians, whom Israeli forces described as "stone throwers" were arrested, while numerous cases of injured Palestinian women and men have been reported.

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack on the mosque and the brutality used against Palestinians, joining Abbas, Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement late on Sunday, that called for an end to the “violations of freedom of worship” and urged Israel to fulfill its responsibilities towards ensuring freedom of worship in East Jerusalem.

President of Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate, Mehmet Gormez strongly condemned Israel’s actions on Sunday in East Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque complex.

“The occupiers [i.e., the Israelis] should show some restraint before this issue reaches the point of no return,” Gormez said.

Another Statement released by the Palestinian presidents office said "The presidency strongly condemns the attack by the occupier's military and police against the Al Aqsa Mosque and the aggression against the faithful who were there,"

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

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

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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