UPDATED: Jordan recalls envoy to Israel over Al-Aqsa mosque clashes

AFP , Wednesday 5 Nov 2014

Abdullah Nsur
Jordan's Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur (Photo: Reuters)

Jordan recalled its ambassador to Israel on Wednesday in objection to continuing Israeli violations of Palestinian rights in occupied East Jerusalem.

Jordan's Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur asked the foreign minister to "recall the Jordanian ambassador from Tel Aviv in protest at Israel's escalation on the Al-Aqsa mosque compound," Jordan's Petra news agency reported.

Israeli occupation forces clashed with Palestinian protests on Wednesday inside Al-Aqsa mosque compound in East Jerusalem.

It has been the scene of frequent confrontations in recent months, largely triggered by Palestinian fears that Israel was poised to allow Jewish prayer at the site.  

King Abdullah II vowed on Sunday to oppose any Israeli attempt to change the status of Muslim or Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.

Jordan, which administered the West Bank including east Jerusalem before Israel seized it in 1967, has responsibility for managing the mosque compound and other holy sites in the city's Israeli-occupied eastern sector.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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