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Israel commits 'war crimes' in Al-Aqsa: Minister

In recent months, groups of extremist Jewish settlers, often accompanied by Israeli security forces, have repeatedly forced their way into the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.

17.04.2014
Israel commits 'war crimes' in Al-Aqsa: Minister

GAZA CITY

The Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs in the Gaza Strip on Thursday described recent Israeli violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque as a "war crime."

"Repeated Israeli attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem) is a war crime and a violation of all international laws and conventions," Gaza Religious Affairs Minister Ismail Radwan said.

"Israel is continuing its excavations, settlement building and displacement of Al-Quds residents," the minister added in a statement.

He called on Arab and Islamic countries to quickly adopt a unified stance with a view to safeguarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque from Israeli plans to "Judaize" the holy site.

In recent months, groups of extremist Jewish settlers, often accompanied by Israeli security forces, have repeatedly forced their way into the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.

The frequent violations anger Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent confrontations.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site. Jews refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.

Israel occupied Al-Quds during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state.

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