Turkey, Morocco Condemn Israeli Attack against al-Aqsa Mosque

ANKARA, September 14, 2015 (WAFA) – The Turkish Foreign Ministry and the kingdom of Morocco Sunday strongly condemned the Israeli police attack against al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem for the second consecutive day.

Clashes renewed on Monday morning after Israeli police stormed al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem for the second consecutive day, where they attacked Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets and teargas as well as  physically assaulted many others, including journalists, elderly, and women. Injuries, arrests  and many suffocation cases among worshippers were reported.

The Turkish ministry, in statement, stressed that Israel should fulfill its obligation to ensure the freedom of worship in East Jerusalem, which is still under its occupation.

It called on the Israeli side to ‘immediately terminate these illegal practices aiming at the status and sanctity of the mosque,’ which it stressed is ‘a clear violations of the freedom of worship.’

Meanwhile, the kingdom of Morocco, in a press statement, slammed the Israeli attack on the mosque as ‘a  provocation of the feelings of Arabs and Muslims across the world.’

It considered the Israeli attack on the mosque a blatant violation of international law and relevant international legitimacy resolutions on the status of holy sites in the occupied Palestinian Territory (oPT).

Morrow stressed the need for the international community to provide protection for the Palestinian people and compel Israel to refrain from its ‘systematic policy’ that aims to change the religious and historic character of the  city of Jerusalem.

It reiterated its inalienable position in support of the Palestinian people in their struggle to establish their own independent state, with Jerusalem as its capital. it further affirmed the need for  Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian land it occupied in 1967, as stipulated in the resolutions of the international legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative.