Head of the committee, Ramzi Khoury, called for the concerned bodies to increase their efforts to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque which “is facing an existential danger targeting its legal, historical and religious status,” stressing that Jerusalem “is an occupied Palestinian city.”
Sources said that Israeli soldiers stationed along the Gaza borderlines attacked protesters with live ammunition and tear gas canisters, shooting and injuring one person, which necessitated his transfer to hospital for medical treatment.
In the early hours of this morning, Israeli National Security Minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, stormed the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem along with over 340 extremist Jewish settlers – some reports put the number at around 1,600 – under the protection of Israeli security forces.
Patriarch Theophilos III said in press a statement that "the Al-Aqsa Mosque is the exclusive property of Muslims alone,” affirming the role and right of Jordan as guardian over the Islamic and Christian sanctities in Jerusalem.
Ambassador Sinan Al-Majali, spokesman for the Jordanian Foreign Ministry, described Ben-Gvir’s incursion into Al-Aqsa Mosque as “a provocative, condemned, dangerous and unacceptable escalation, and represents a flagrant violation of international law, and of the historical and legal status quo in Jerusalem and its holy sites.”
The rights watchdog said it "highly doubt the Israeli police's version of the incident" and called for an independent investigation "outside of the Police Internal Investigation Division" which is known for closing files and granting immunity to security personnel who commit crimes, especially against Palestinians.
In a statement late on Tuesday, Nasser Kanaani, the spokesman of the Iranian foreign ministry described any desecration of the sacred sites in occupied Palestine, including Al-Aqsa Mosque, as an example of the violation of international laws and an insult to the values and sanctities of the Muslims in the world that will receive the reaction ...
The Jordan-run Islamic Waqf Department, in charge of the holy site, said scores of Israeli settlers entered the compound in groups and performed rituals and Talmudic prayers there under the protection of Israeli police officers.
WAFA correspondent said scores of Israeli settlers entered the holy site through the Moroccan Gate in groups and performed rituals and Talmudic prayers there under the protection of Israeli police officers.