Egypt, Jordan discuss adopting measures over Israeli actions at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Ahram Online , Saturday 22 Jul 2017

Al-Aqsa clashes
Palestinians run away from tear gas fired by Israeli forces in Jerusalem, on Friday, July 21, 2017. An escalating dispute over metal detectors at a contested Jerusalem shrine turned violent on Friday, setting off widespread clashes between Palestinian stone-throwers and Israeli troops. (Photo: AP)

Cairo and Amman discussed on Saturday possible measures that could be taken after the recent Israeli escalation against Palestinians at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to a statement by Egypt’s foreign ministry.

Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry received a phone call from his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi on Saturday where they discussed the “dangerous violations against Palestinians by the Israeli occupation forces.”

The two sides exchanged their evaluation of the situation, stressing the utmost importance of stopping Israeli escalation against Palestinians and the removal of all restrictions imposed by Israel on Muslims worshipping at Al-Aqsa.

On Friday, Egypt called on Israel to put an immediate stop to violence and heightened security measures against Palestinians in Jerusalem after three Palestinians were killed in clashes with occupation forces at the mosque.

Cairo expressed its “deep concerns” about the repercussions of such escalation as well as its distress over the deaths and injuries of civilians due to the excessive use of force.

Earlier this week, Israel closed the mosque to Palestinians for Friday prayers for the second time since Israel occupied Jerusalem in 1967, installing metal detectors and cameras at the entrance to the Haram Al-Sharif Compound following the killing of two policemen at the site.

Yesterday, three Palestinians were killed and more than 200 were injured when occupation forces attacked worshippers outside the mosque following Friday prayers.

The clashes came one day after Israeli occupation police said they were barring men under 50 from entering Jerusalem's Old City for Friday prayers. 

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