Israeli minister leads Jewish extremist settlers in storming Al-Aqsa

Jordan condemns the violation of Al-Aqsa Mosque's sanctity, calls for international action

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AMMAN — Dozens of Jewish extremist settlers, led by Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram al-Sharif compound in occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday. اضافة اعلان

The settlers were provided heavy protection by Israeli escorts during the incident, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

According to the General Islamic Endowments Department in Jerusalem, this marks the second time Minister Ben-Gvir has led a storming of the holy shrine since assuming his ministerial post in the far-right government in 2022.

The settlers entered the compound through Al-Maghribi Gate in successive groups, proceeding to tour the mosque's yards and provocatively performing Talmudic rituals in the eastern section of the compound, as reported by the department.

Jordan condemnation
The storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram al-Sharif compound by the Israeli national security minister, under the protection of Israeli occupation forces, has drawn strong condemnation from Jordan.

Sinan Majali, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, issued a statement denouncing the violation of the mosque's sanctity and describing it as a provocative act.

Majali emphasized that this act not only constitutes a blatant violation of international law but also undermines the historical and legal status quo of Jerusalem and its holy sites.

Majali expressed concern that the continued breaches and attacks on Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, coupled with unilateral settlement expansions and ongoing Israeli incursions into occupied Palestinian territory, may lead to further escalation. He called upon the international community to swiftly and decisively address these practices, urging for measures to halt these violations.

Furthermore, Majali stressed that the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which spans an area of 144 dunums, is exclusively a Muslim place of worship. He reaffirmed that the Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque Affairs Department holds sole authority for managing all affairs of the compound and organizing entry to it.

In addition to the condemnation, Majali demanded that Israel, as the occupying power, immediately cease all attempts to alter the legal and historical status quo of the site. He called for an end to the imposition of spatial or temporal divisions, reiterating the importance of upholding the established norms and respecting the sacredness of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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