Ramallah, MINA – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas chaired an urgent meeting on Friday evening to discuss the recent closure by Israeli police of the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem.
The Presidency warned about the consequences of the latest measures taken by the Israeli occupation forces in the mosque, including closure of the holy mosque compound and the banning of Islamic Waqf personnel from entering the site.
“All the excavations that threaten the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque are completely unacceptable and must be stopped. Any measures that would change the religious and historical status [of the mosque] will only lead to further deterioration of the situation and escalation,” said the Presidency in a statement.
The statement came after Israeli police shut down the gates of the compound under the pretext that a Palestinian young man attempted to stab a police officer outside the mosque compound.(R/R04/P2)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)