Islamic figures condemn closure of Al-Aqsa mosque by Zionist regime

Tehran, July 15, IRNA – The Israeli regime, after an anti-Zionist attack of three Palestinians on Friday, ordered to prevent Palestinians from entering the Al-Aqsa mosque to perform Friday prayers; a decision which caused furious reactions from Arab and Islamic figures.

Hamas armed Wing Ezzeddin Al-Qassam brigades said on its twitter account, the operation in Al-Aqsa mosque proved that the Palestinians are committed to resistance against the Zionist enemy, insisting that the holy mosque is the basis of Israel-Palestine conflicts.

The Arab League called the Zionist regime’s measure to shut down the mosque the violation of all international resolutions.

It also called for immediate reopening of the holly site and urged the international community to stay committed to its obligation in protecting the Islamic and Christian religious sites and the Palestinian people.

Al-Azhar University, which is the oldest Sunni religious educational center, condemned the Israeli action and described it as exploitation of incidents to continue its judaization policy.

The Arab Parliament, too, denounced the Israeli raid against Al-Aqsa mosque and its closure.

It is part of a plot by the Zionist regime to divide the mosque by time and space, according to the statement of the Arabian body.

Arab Parliament speaker Mashaal Al-Salami in his statement condemned the actions on Al-Aqsa mosque as violation of international laws and conventions, as well as humanity values.

The former Beit-ul-Moqadas Mufti Sheiakh Akrama Sabari called upon all Arabs and Muslims to unite and liberate Jerusalem and Palestine.

Abbas Zaki, a member of the central committee of al-Fatah, said that Friday attack was the result of Israel’s policies. As far as there is occupation, there would be no peace in the region, according to him.

Jordan as the custodian of the Al-Aqsa compound urged the Zionist regime to reopen the mosque. Israel must open Al-Aqsa mosque to Palestinians without any change in the status que of Beit-ul-Moqadas, the Jordanian government spokesman Mohamed Momani said.

Turkey also denounced the closure and urged to reopen the doors of Al-Aqsa mosque to Muslim prayers.

Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned the Israeli action in preventing Palestinians from entering the mosque and performing Friday prayers, as well as declaring the holy site as a closed military zone.

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