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Egypt's Al-Azhar slams storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli settlers

Ahram Online , Monday 10 Jun 2019
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Egypt's Al-Azhar has condemned the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by hundreds of Israeli settlers under Israeli police protection on Sunday.

The Jewish settlers broke into the holy site from Bab El-Maghareba gate and performed religious rituals.

In a statement released on Sunday, Al-Azhar warned of continued Israeli plots to Judaize Jerusalem and change its Arab identity, and called on the international community to take immediate action to stop Israeli assaults against the city and its sacred places.

"Al-Azhar stresses that the Arab identity of Al-Quds is not a matter to be messed with," said the world's leading Sunni Islamic institution, adding that “international Zionist schemes” to erase this fact will fail.

The mosque is considered the third holiest religious site by Muslims.

Israeli authorities refer to the area that encompasses Al-Aqsa Mosque as the Temple Mount, and say it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in the ancient period. 

 

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