Iran slams continuous Israeli crimes against Palestinians at al-Aqsa Mosque
Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has condemned Israel's frequent violations of the Palestinians’ rights and aggression against al-Aqsa Mosque.
Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a Thursday phone call with his Syrian counterpart, Faisal Mikdad.
Iran’s foreign minister vehemently condemned desecration of al-Aqsa Mosque by the Zionist regime, saying, “We are witnessing Zionists crimes at al-Aqsa Mosque on a daily basis.”
Amir-Abdollahian expressed hope that on the occasion of International Quds Day, which will be marked on the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan, Islamic governments and parliaments as well as all Muslim nations will send a powerful message in defense of Palestine and the holy al-Quds and to condemn Zionists’ acts of aggression.
The Syrian foreign minister, for his part, strongly condemned the Israeli crimes in the Palestinian territories and the desecration of al-Aqsa Mosque, and praised the role and principled stance of the Iranian leadership as well as the government and people of Iran in supporting the Palestinian resistance.
Tensions between the Palestinians and Israelis have witnessed a sharp rise since the start of Ramadan, as Israeli forces have stepped up raids of al-Aqsa Mosque, assaulting Muslim worshipers inside prayer halls and providing protection to the Israeli settlers desecrating Islam’s third holiest site.
The Israeli crimes have sparked widespread condemnation from Muslim countries as well as warnings for an outbreak of a new war with Gaza.
Back in May last year, frequent acts of violence against Palestinian worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque led to an 11-day war between Palestinian resistance groups in the besieged Gaza Strip and the Israeli regime, during which the regime killed at least 260 Palestinians, including 66 children.
The al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque.