Wed, 05 Apr 2023 - 04:55 GMT
Wed, 05 Apr 2023 - 04:55 GMT
CAIRO – 5 April 2023: Egypt's Permanent Delegate to the Arab League Mohamed Mostafa Arfi stressed that Al Aqsa Mosque will remain a worshiping place for Muslims and will remain "disobedient" to Israel's attempts of dividing or controling it.
Arfi made the remarks as he chaired on Wednesday an extraordinary meeting of the Arab League Council at the level of the permanent delegates to address Israeli violations targeting the sacred Muslim site. Arab League’s Assistant Secretary General Hossam Zaki attended the meeting.
The meeting came as a swift response to the dangerous violations committed by Israel in the Al Aqsa Mosque and assaults against Muslim worshipers, Arfi said.
He added that Israel is provoking the feelings of all Muslims around the world by its blatant violations.
The Arab League Council at the permanent delegates’ level vehemently condemned the crimes committed by Israeli forces against unarmed Muslim worshipers in Al Aqsa Mosque.
Escalating violations in the Mosque left behind hundreds of worshipers injured and arrested, the council said in the final statement of its emergency meeting.
The council categorically rejected all forms of Israeli violations against Islamic and Christian sanctities in an attempt to change the historical and legal status of Al Aqsa, the third holiest Islamic site.
The council held Israel responsible for the crimes and measures committed to hamper freedom of worshiping in the Islamic and Christian sacred sites, warning of the flagrant provocation of Muslims feelings.
The meeting of the league came within the framework of efforts to adopt a unified Arab stand in the face of the Israeli hostilities in Al Aqsa Mosque.
Israeli occupation forces stormed the Mosque in Jerusalem during Ramadan prayers early today, injuring scores of Palestinians.
The Israeli forces fired stun grenades at Palestinian youths in Al-Aqsa Mosque and arrested more than 400 worshippers during its assault, WAFA cited the Commission of Detainees Affairs as saying.
The Israeli violations elicited a response from Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip, who fired missiles on southern Israel, prompting frequent Israeli airstrikes.
Egypt held Israel responsible for the “dangerous escalation” in the occupied Palestinian lands, stressing that such action by the Israeli forces violates all international laws and customs.
Israeli violence has been steadily rising since the return of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to power with a new far-right government late last year. Israeli forces killed hundreds of Palestinians over the past year in the occupied lands.
Netanyahu’s government portfolios are held by religious and urtlanationalist hard-liners, including Itamar Ben-Gvir, who serves as the national security minister and is notorious for his violent rhetoric and acts against Palestinians.
MENA contributed to the report.