Palestinian presidency warns Israel is ‘playing with fire’ after attack on Bab Al-Rahma at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Ahram Online , Wednesday 26 Apr 2023

Palestinian Presidency Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh warned on Wednesday that Israel is "playing with fire" following its attacks on Bab Al-Rahma prayer area, an integral part of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Muslim worshippers pray on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, outside the Dome of the Rock at the Aqsa mosques complex in the Old city of Jerusalem on April 21, 2023. (AFP)


Israel is dragging the region into violence, escalation, and instability by insisting on the policy of collective punishment, killing, and attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque, reported Palestinian News Agency WAFA.

Abu Rudeineh said that “extremist settlers' storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque and raising the occupation flag in its courtyards as well as the storming of the occupation police into Bab Al-Rahma chapel and damaging its electricity power grids confirm that the extremist Israeli government is looking for ways to escalate the situation.

He added that Israel "is responsible for these dangerous policies seeking to destroy any regional or international effort to provide stability and prevent the deterioration of the situation.”

Meanwhile, extremist Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir stormed on Wednesday the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Palestinian city of Al-Khalil (Hebron) , WAFA reported.

Ben Gvir's tour "comes within a series of continuous incursions of the occupation and its settlers into the 'Haram' since yesterday, Tuesday, as the settlers performed Talmudic dances inside it," to celebrate their so-called Israeli Independence Day, WAFA said.

The Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs in the Palestinian Authority Hatem Al-Bakri denounced Ben Gvir's "break-in" into the Ibrahimi Mosque, considering it a "flagrant violation of the holy places and places of worship."

Al-Bakri said, "the occupation forces, by exchanging roles with the settlers, allowed them to raise the Israeli flag and candlesticks and launch firecrackers and fireworks on the roof of the Ibrahimi Mosque and in its outer squares."

He added that this "falls within the framework of imposing complete Israeli domination over the Ibrahimi Mosque and its surroundings with the aim of turning it into a Jewish synagogue."

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