Erdogan condemns Israeli “intervention” at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that he had told his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas that he had condemned the “Israeli intervention on believers” at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque and threats to its “status or spirit.”

Erdogan condemns Israeli “intervention” at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Erdogan’s comments come as Turkey and Israel have struggled in recent weeks to normalize long-strained ties as part of a regional charm offensive launched by Ankara in 2020.

At least 152 Palestinians were injured on Friday in clashes with Israeli anti-riot police inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the latest outbreak of violence that has raised fears of a return to wider conflict.

Most of the Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets, stun grenades and police batons, the Palestinian Red Crescent said. Reuters.

During our conversation, I told Mr. Abbas that I strongly condemned Israel’s intervention against the believers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and that we would oppose the challenges and threats to its status or spirit.“Erdogan said on Twitter.”Turkey is always with Palestine“He added.

Erdogan later said he had discussed al-Aqsa developments with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, adding that Israel’s “interventions and challenges” had “unacceptable” results. They also discussed possible joint measures for regional peace, Erdogan added.

Turkey has in the past launched various initiatives within the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) against Israel’s actions towards the Palestinians and its policies on Jerusalem or its status.

The Al-Aqsa complex is located at the top of the Old City Plateau in East Jerusalem, which was captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, and is known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Shrine. by the Jews under the name of the Temple Mount.

Tensions this year have been heightened in part by the fact that the Muslim holy month of Ramadan coincides with the Jewish Passover holiday.

Earlier this month, Erdogan told his Israeli counterpart Isaac Herzog, with whom he also met in Ankara last month, that Ankara expects Israeli authorities to be sensitive to al-Aqsa during Ramadan and stressed the importance of to allow the Palestinians to enter Israel. read more

Last month, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he would visit Israel and Palestine with Energy Minister Fatih Donmez in mid-May and discuss the ambassadors’ reputation with his Israeli counterpart during the visit. read more

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