Middle East

Qatar condemns Israeli closure of Al-Aqsa gate

Doha slams Tel Aviv’s troop deployment, calls for international opposition against closure

Ahmet Salih Alacacı   | 21.02.2019
Qatar condemns Israeli closure of Al-Aqsa gate

DOHA 

Qatar condemned late Wednesday Israel’s continued closure of a gate of the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Earlier in the day, Israeli forces were deployed near the Al-Rahma Gate on the east side of the mosque compound amid mounting tensions with Palestinian worshippers.

The statement by the Qatari Foreign Ministry called on the international community to voice opposition against Israel’s policy as well as for Palestinians to act in unity.

On Monday, the Israeli authorities sealed the gate, preventing hundreds of Muslim worshippers from entering Al-Aqsa, and detained several Palestinians inside the mosque complex.

The following day, the Israeli authorities reportedly reopened the gate temporarily.

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