Muslim Countries Slam Violent ‘Israeli’ Raid on Al-Aqsa Mosque
By Staff, Agencies
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh voiced the Islamic Republic’s “strong condemnation” of the ‘Israeli’ raid on the al-Aqsa Mosque, the Muslims’ first Qiblah [toward which they pray], on the International Quds Day.
"This war crime once again proved to the world the criminal nature of the illegitimate Zionist regime and the need for urgent international action to stop the violation of the most fundamental principles of international humanitarian law," he added.
"In addition to condemning this definite crime against humanity and offering condolences to the families of the martyrs of this incident and wishing a speedy recovery for the wounded, the Islamic Republic of Iran calls on the UN and other relevant international organizations to fulfill their decisive duty against the war crime.”
Khatibzadeh also noted that Iran “proudly stands by the heroic people of Palestine and calls on all world countries, especially Muslim states, to honor their historic task and stand by the Palestinian nation in the face of the Zionist aggressors.”
For its part, Turkey's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it "strongly condemns" Friday’s attack by the ‘Israeli’ occupation forces on Palestinian worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque.
The statement further vowed that Turkey will continue to support the just cause of the Palestinian people.
Qatar, meanwhile, said the ‘Israeli’ raid “was a provocation to the feelings of millions of Muslims around the world, and a severe violation of human rights and international accords.”
The Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed in a statement that the international community must “move swiftly to end the repeated ‘Israeli’ aggression against the Palestinian people and Al Aqsa mosque.”
Additionally, Kuwait's Foreign Ministry blasted the mosque attack, calling it a blatant affront to the feelings of Muslims and rules of human rights, and held the ‘Israeli’ authorities responsible for a dangerous escalation and consequences that may result.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry similarly denounced ‘Israeli’ forces for breaking into the al-Aqsa Mosque and attacking worshipers.
However, the Saudi Foreign Ministry refused to condemn the attack, being satisfied with saying ‘Israel’s’ unilateral measures undermine chances to resume "peace" talks.