Egypt condemns Israeli storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque and violence against Palestinians

Ahram Online , Friday 15 Apr 2022

Egypt condemned the latest act of storming by Israeli forces of Al-Aqsa Mosque after Friday prayers midday, and "the violence that ensued against Palestinian worshipers in the holy site, leaving tens injured and others arrested."

Israeli security forces take position during clashes with Palestinians demonstrators at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem s Old City, Friday, April 15, 2022. AP

In a statement on Friday afternoon, Ahmed Hafez, the spokesperson of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also called for "exercising self-restraint and providing full protection for Muslim worshipers and allowing them to perform their Islamic rituals in Al-Aqsa Mosque as an exclusive Islamic endowment for Muslims."

The foreign ministry spokesperson reiterated Egypt's “rejection of violence and incitement in all its forms, including the calls to storm the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque during the great month of Ramadan,"  warning of "the consequences of this on stability and security in the Palestinian territories and the region."

Some 60,000 people attended the main Friday prayers midday in Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to the Islamic endowment that administers the site.

Thousands of Palestinians clashed with Israeli police after the Israeli storming of the mosque, the third holiest site in Islam that stands in the heart of occupied East Jerusalem.

More than 160 Palestinians were injured in clashes with the Israeli police, according to the Associated Press.

At least 25 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and 14 people inside Israel by Palestinian attackers in the last two weeks, also according to an AP count.

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