Somalia denounces Israeli attacks on Al-Aqsa mosque

Published: September 23, 2015

Somalia denounces Israeli attacks on Al-Aqsa mosqueSomalia’s Federal government has for the first time strongly denounced Israel’s continued assaults against al-Aqsa mosque and worshipers.
In an official statement, Somalia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the recent conduct of the Israeli forces who trampled the sanctity of the Al Aqsa mosque in order to allow the access of extremist settlers into Haram Al-Sharif.
The Ministry further said that the “continued violation of religious sanctities, fuels the feelings of anger and undermines negotiations” and called on Israel to respect religious sanctities.
‘’This kind of acts would only ignite feelings of hatred and an obstacle to resume the peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians,’’ read the statement which was written in Arabic.
Israel seized east Jerusalem, the area where Al-Aqsa is located, in the Six Day War of 1967, and later annexed the territory, a move that has not been recognised internationally.
The al-Aqsa Mosque compound, located in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds, is a flashpoint holy Islamic site. The location of the compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is the holiest site in Judaism. The mosque is Islam’s third holiest site after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina, Saudi Arabia.
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