Palestinian factions have joined the Islamic Conference Organization to condemn the Israeli troops’ breaking into the al-Aqsa mosque.
The Palestinian Authority, in a statement issued on Monday evening, condemned Sunday’s Israeli infringement on the al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem (al-Quds).
It strongly denounced the breaking into the Muslims’ sacred shrine by Israeli soldiers along with a group of Jewish radicals, which resulted in the injury of some Palestinians.
Early Sunday, clashes erupted between Palestinians in the eastern part of al-Quds and the Israeli police as a group of Jewish radicals broke into the yard of al-Aqsa Mosque. About 16 Palestinians and several Israeli police were injured in the clashes, according to media reports.
Muslims consider the incident as part of a Judaization campaign that targets the holy city of al-Quds and a provocation of Muslim feelings.
The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, expressed disapproval over the incursion by Israeli extremists under the protection of Israeli occupation forces into the courtyard of al-Aqsa Mosque.
He called upon the international community to exert pressure on Israel and force it to halt such flagrant violations.
Hamas leader Mushir al-Masri said the injury of several Palestinians in clashes with Jewish worshippers who broke into the yard of al-Aqsa mosque was ‘the fruit of the tripartite meeting’ in Washington between acting Palestinian Authority chief, Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the US President Barack Obama.
Meanwhile, scores of Jordanians staged a sit-in on Monday to protest against Israeli forces for breaking into al-Aqsa Mosque.
Palestinians from the southern refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh also protested on Monday against the violence that erupted at the mosque.