Jordan urges Israel to respect al-Aqsa mosque complex

FM against Jewish worshippers for Tisha B'Av

30 July, 18:16

    TEL AVIV - The Jordanian foreign minister has used diplomatic channels to urge Israel to respect the holiness of the al-Aqsa mosque complex/Haram Al-Sharif (also known as Temple Mount) in Jerusalem and to put an end to the ''provocations and violations'' there. The news was reported by Jordan's state-run news agency Petra.

    Ministry spokesperson Deifallah al-Fayez ''condemned the continued Israeli violations against Al Aqsa Mosque/Al Haram Al Sharif'', the most recent of which was ''the Israeli occupation forces allowing hundreds of Jewish extremists to storm the mosque today''. Al-Fayez stressed that Al Aqsa Mosque, with its total area of 144 dunums, is a place of worship for Muslims only, adding that the Jerusalem Awqaf Department (JAD), which affiliated to Jordan, is the sole institution responsible for administrating the affairs of Al Aqsa Mosque.

    Israel on Thursday was celebrating Tisha B'Av, which commemorates the destruction of the temple where the mosque now stands and about 800 jewish worshippers carrying Israeli flags went to pray at the site.

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