OIC's Quds Contact Group gathers after Israeli raids

Organization of Islamic Cooperation's Quds Contact Group will gather extraordinarily on Wednesday in Morocco's capital, Rabat, after recent violations against Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

OIC's Quds Contact Group gathers after Israeli raids

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation's Quds Contact Group will gather extraordinarily on Wednesday in Morocco's capital, Rabat, after the recent violations against Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Al-Aqsa complex in Jerusalem, which represents the world's third holiest site for Muslims, was stormed last week by a group of Jewish settlers and Israeli security forces.

"In the meeting, an action plan is expected to be approved about the Palestinian, Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque issues," a statement released by Turkey's Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday.

The Israeli authorities temporarily closed the Al-Aqsa complex after an extremist Jewish rabbi was injured in a drive-by shooting in West Jerusalem.

The mounting unrest led to a spate of attacks targeting Israeli settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in recent weeks. 

An Israeli girl was killed on Monday when a Palestinian man stabbed three Jewish settlers in the West Bank.

Turkey will be represented in the meeting by Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus.

Representatives of Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, Guinea, Malaysia, Azerbaijan as well as the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation will also be in attendance.

On Tuesday, Kurtulmus said that Ankara will work to set up an International Quds Foundation to protect Islamic heritage in Jerusalem, stop Israeli aggression and review the condition of Al-Aqsa, which is protected under international law.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state – a move never recognized by the international community.

Last Mod: 12 Kasım 2014, 17:34
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