Mideast: Hamdallah calls for international safeguard Al Aqsa

Incidents on Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, 4 arrested,3 wounded

15 October, 14:58

    An Israeli riot policeman looks over as Palestinians prayed in the street of the neighborhood of Ras al-Amud An Israeli riot policeman looks over as Palestinians prayed in the street of the neighborhood of Ras al-Amud

    (ANSAmed) - RAMALLAH - Palestinian Premier Rami Hamdallah has called on the international community to protect Palestinian holy sites, in particular the Al Aqsa mosque on the Jerusalem location known to Jews as Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif. He said the area is ''subjected to daily attacks and racist practices'' and ''thousands of pilgrims are prevented from entering''. Hamdallah was quoted by local media as making the statements during a visit Tuesday to Akraba, a village near Nablus where one of the local mosques was set on fire by a group suspected of ties with Jewish extremists.

    The attack was condemned by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin as ''terrorism''. Hamdallah then called on the Palestinian population to ''form popular committees to defend sites of prayer and farmers during the harvest of olives in coordination with the presidency and government''.

    For Hamdallah, ''the occupation government hasn't done anything to prevent these acts and allows settlers to burn harvests, mosques and churches''.

    On Wednesday morning, incidents were reported at Jerusalem's Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif where Arab youths threw stones at security forces, according to Israeli media reports. Three Israeli policemen were slightly wounded. Four Palestinians were arrested.

    The violence was reported after Israeli police on Wednesday morning allowed access to the site considered holy both by Muslims and Jews only to Palestinian males over 50 years of age and women. Jewish pilgrims and visitors were not allowed in.

    (ANSAmed).

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