Cairo-Based Al-Azhar Condemns Israel’s Assault against al-Aqsa Mosque

CAIRO, September 16, 2015 (WAFA) – The Cairo-based top Sunni Muslim body Al-Azhar Wednesday strongly condemned the Israeli three-day assault against al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

Al-Azhar, in a statement, denounced the Israeli police attack against Palestinian worshipers, the destruction of the historical gates of the southern building located within the mosques’ compound, known as al-Qibili mosque, and the burning of prayer mats.

The Cairo-Based body called on the League of Arab States, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), countries of both Arab and Islamic world, and relevant international organizations to exert all efforts to put an end to the Israeli violations against al-Aqsa mosque in order to maintain international peace and security.

On Tuesday, Israeli police attempted to storm al-Qibili Mosque in the compound and damaged its historical doors in order to detain Palestinian worshippers barricading themselves inside.

The clashes followed two days of similar incidents at the Mosque compound, with many Palestinians injured and detained by police and as Jewish settler groups called on Jews to en masse force their way into the Mosque.

Israel has been enforcing a unilateral temporal division on the mosque during the past  few weeks, a measure that was widely condemned and rejected, particularly by Jordan, which is responsible for Jerusalem’s holy sites in line with a 1994 peace treaty with Israel.

The Israeli ongoing attacks on the mosque were also denounced by the US, UN, and EU.