Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh condemned the Israeli police attack on worshippers at al-Aqsa mosque, and the continued storming of the mosque’s compound by Israeli settlers and warned that the Israeli escalation could turn the political conflict into religious strife.
He held the Israeli government fully responsible for settlers breaking into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque and for attacking worshipers, which he stressed serves to fuel the situation and increase tension that would drag the region to the square of violence.
Abu Rudeineh stressed in a statement the need to stop the Israeli violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque, stressing that it is a red line that cannot be tolerated in the face of repeated attacks on this holy place by the occupation forces and its settlers.
Israeli forces assaulted today a group of Palestinian worshipers who were holding a sit-in in protest of Israel’s orders banning them from entering Al Aqsa Mosque compound from one of its gates.
Meanwhile, about 400 hardcore Jewish settlers, heavily guarded by Israeli police, broke early today into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and carried out provocative tours there.