PA calls on international community to intervene to end Israeli aggression

The Palestinian presidency has declared that the attacks by Israeli settlers and occupation forces against worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque amounted to a “declaration of war”.

The international community must intervene immediately to “stop the Israeli aggression against Al-Aqsa Mosque and prevent things from spiraling out of control”, said Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

At least 152 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli riot police inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Friday in the latest outbreak amid an upsurge in violence that has caused fear a wider conflict.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said most people were injured by rubber bullets, Israeli police batons and stun grenades at al-Aqsa Mosque.

The attacks drew Arab and Islamic condemnation.

Saudi Arabia issued a statement on Friday denouncing Israeli forces for attacking the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem and attacking Palestinian worshippers.

“This systematic escalation is a blatant attack on the sanctity of the mosque and its importance to the Islamic nation and a violation of relevant international resolutions and covenants,” read a statement from the Saudi Foreign Ministry.

The Kingdom called on the international community to assume its responsibility by holding the Israeli occupying forces fully accountable for the repercussions of these ongoing crimes and violations on the defenseless Palestinian people, their land and holy places, and on the chances of reviving the Middle East peace process,” the statement added.

The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), for its part, has called these developments a dangerous escalation, an attack on the entire Islamic nation and a flagrant violation of international resolutions and charters.

It holds Israel responsible for the repercussions of these daily crimes and offenses against the Palestinian people and their territories.

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Dr. Nayef al-Hajraf said Israel should respect the historical and legal status quo in occupied Jerusalem and its holy places and end all illegal acts.

He called on the international community to assume its responsibilities to safeguard the safety of Al-Aqsa Mosque and worshipers, stressing the importance of Israel respecting its obligations as an occupying power, in accordance with international humanitarian law.

Meanwhile, Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez issued a statement calling for restraint to fully protect Muslim worshipers and allow them to perform their Islamic rituals at Al-Aqsa Mosque as “purely Islamic endowment for Muslims”.

He reiterated rejection of all forms of violence and incitement, including calls to storm the mosque during the holy month of Ramadan, and warned of the consequences of this attack on stability and security of the Palestinian territories and the region.

For his part, the Speaker of the Arab Parliament, Adel bin Abdulrahman al-Assoumi, said that Israel’s attacks are provocative and considered a flagrant violation of fundamental human rights advocated by the international community, its states and institutions.

He called for a decisive international stance to end Israeli violations against the Palestinian people.

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