Mon, 04 July 2022
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Jordan's King warns Israel against Al-Aqsa mosque violence

Update : 19 Apr 2022, 10:33

Jordan's King Abdullah, in a phone call on Monday with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, discussed the latest developments related to the Palestinian cause and the recent violations in Jerusalem, according to state media.

Speaking with United Nations Secretary-General, King Abdullah blamed Israel for "provocative measures" in the mosque compound, which he claimed breached the "legal and historic status quo" of Muslim sacred sites.

He also discussed the latest developments in the Palestinian arena and their negative repercussions on peace and security regionally and internationally.

The King warned that unilateral Israeli measures in the Palestinian Territories could compromise the two-state solution and prospects of comprehensive peace, expressing rejection of attempts to alter the historical and legal status quo in Jerusalem.

The monarch reiterated that any attempts seeking the temporal and spatial division of Al Aqsa Mosque are condemned and rejected, noting the need to protect worshippers and refrain from measures to obstruct access to the mosque or provoke worshippers, especially during Ramadan.

Since 1924, the Hashemite monarchy of King Abdullah has been the guardian of the sites, paying for their upkeep and drawing part of its legitimacy from the role.

While Jordan has a peace treaty with Israel and significant security relations, many Jordanians despise Israel and sympathize with Palestinian statehood aspirations.

On Monday, more than 87 members of the country's 130-member parliament called on the administration to revoke the country's unpopular peace agreement. 

At least 152 Palestinians were injured in skirmishes with Israeli riot police within the mosque compound on Friday, the latest in a string of violent outbursts that has fueled worries of a return to wider bloodshed. 

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