Mosques in the Gaza Strip reopened on Wednesday after a 70-day closure due to the novel coronavirus, with one worshipper saying he was "overjoyed" despite fears over the pandemic.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperationreiterated its firm position on the need to provide full protection for Al Aqsa Mosque and halt serious and provocative violations taking place there.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the UAE, the Arab League, Egypt, Kuwait condemned the Israeli far-right flag march in East Jerusalem and in the precincts of the Al Aqsa Mosque, the third Holiest Shrine of the Muslims on Sunday. The Secretary-General of the GCC, Dr Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf, was responding to the march of thousands
More than 20 Israelis and Palestinians were wounded on Sunday in several incidents in and around Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al Aqsa Mosque compound, two days after major violence at the site.
Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades towards Palestinian youths at Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque on Friday, the latest outbreak of violence at a site.
Local media said that around 200,000 worshippers performed Eid prayer at Al Aqsa mosque.
In separate calls with Palestinian President Abbas and Israeli Foreign Minister Lapid, Blinken stressed "the importance of Israelis and Palestinians working to end the cycle of violence in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza by exercising restraint and refraining from actions that escalate tensions..."
Video footage showed the police firing at a group of journalists holding cameras and loudly identifying themselves as members of the press. At least three Palestinian reporters were wounded by rubber bullets fired by police.
Sheikh Abdullah calls Israeli FM, urges ceasing any practices that violate mosque’s sanctity; Arab League says Israel violating centuries-old policy which says non-Muslims may visit Aqsa but cannot pray there.