Arab League call meeting over Al-Aqsa Mosque violations-UPDATED

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

Arab League call meeting over Al-Aqsa Mosque violations-UPDATED

World Bulletin / News Desk

Arab League representatives will meet Wednesday to discuss recent Israeli violations against the Palestinian people and Al-Aqsa Mosque in the holy city of Al-Quds (occupied east Jerusalem), a senior Arab official said Tuesday.

"The permanent representatives will meet at the request of Palestine and with Egypt's support," Mohamed Sobeih, League's assistant secretary-general for Palestine affairs, told a press conference at the League's Cairo headquarters.

He described the situation in Al-Quds as "dangerous," pointing to Israel's repeated violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third holiest shrine.

Sobeih said Israeli extremists had broken into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Tuesday and attacked Palestinians worshippers inside.

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

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

Jews refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.

Jordan warns Israel

Jordan warned Israel on Tuesday that a violation of the Hashemite Kingdom's oversight of sacred sites in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem) would ignite a diplomatic crisis between the two countries.

"Jordan had told Israel that it would not compromise its oversight of Islamic sites in Al-Quds," a high-ranking Jordanian diplomat told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity for not being authorized to talk to the media.

"Amman made it clear this could trigger a diplomatic crisis," added the official.

Jordanian and Israeli officials were not immediately available for comment on the report.

Thirty Jordanian lawmakers on Tuesday signed a petition asking their government to expel the Israeli ambassador and revoke the 1994 peace agreement with Israel over a proposal by an Israeli lawmaker to place the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under Israeli oversight.

Since the 1950s, Jordan has administered and overseen all Muslim and Christian religious sites in Al-Quds.

A 1994 peace treaty between Jordan and Israel recognizes Jordan's special supervisory role over holy sites in the holy city.

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