OIC to hold emergency meeting to discuss Israeli attacks on Al-Aqsa

Ahram Online , Tuesday 23 May 2023

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold Wednesday an emergency meeting at its headquarters in Jeddah to discuss the ongoing Israeli attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, the OIC said Tuesday.

West Bank raids
Israeli soldiers leave after a raid at the Balata refugee camp in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus early on May 22, 2023. AFP


The meeting is to be convened at the request of Palestine and Jordan following the continuous Israeli incursions and assaults on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including the storming of the mosque by the extremist Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir.

On Sunday, Ben-Gvir stormed the mosque compound, from the Mughrabi Gate, and provocatively roamed its courtyards, for the second time since he took office in Israel's most-right wing government ever, sparking global condemnation

Secretary-General of the OIC, Hissein Brahim Taha, said in the statement that the meeting will address the "dangerous developments" in Jerusalem and the perpetual Israeli aggressions across the Occupied Territories.

Early on Tuesday, the Israeli occupation army detained at least 10 Palestinians, one of them 62-years-old, in a series of raids across the occupied West Bank, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Two Palestinian youths were injured after Israeli forces shot at them while they were in their vehicle. According to eyewitnesses, Israeli forces’ attacks sparked confrontations with Palestinians in the area and the forces fired bullets, sound bombs, and gas bombs, WAFA added.

The violence comes only a day after Israeli forces on Monday killed three Palestinian  in an army raid on Balata camp in Nablus.

Israel occupied the West Bank since the 1967 War, and its forces regularly launch incursions into Palestinian cities, which are nominally under the control of Abbas's Palestinian Authority.

Since the start of the year, at least 156 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces, according to an AFP tally.



Short link: