Jordan Calls on International Community to Intervene After Night of Violence in Jerusalem

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Israeli Police patrolling the Al-Aqsa mosque compound last night, where 200 Palestinians were injured as well as 17 Israeli police officers
Israeli Police patrolling the Al-Aqsa mosque compound last night, where 200 Palestinians were injured as well as 17 Israeli police officersCredit: AHMAD GHARABLI - AFP

The Jordanian Foreign Ministry slammed Friday night's clashes in the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem, calling out Israel's "defiant and unrestrained aggression against the worshippers." 

The ministry's spokesperson, Daif-Allah Al-Fayez, called on Israel to withdraw their forces from the compound, the third-holiest site in Islam, and to allow locals to exercise their freedom of worship. 

Al-Fayez warned against a "dangerous escalation," emphasizing that an international law tasks Israel responsible for upholding peace for worshippers at Al-Aqsa, even as an occupying force. 

Jordan also called on the international community to pressure Israel into easing tensions not only at the Al-Aqsa compound, but also throughout Jerusalem. 

Turkey's President Erdogan condemned Israel's actions in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, tweeting in Hebrew that "We will continue to stand by our Palestinian brothers and sisters under any circumstances."

Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates also condemned the violence. 

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry called on Israel to end the violent attacks on worshippers, and to enable freedom of worship. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Hafez slammed Israel's behavior, especially what he called the abuse of Palestinian human rights, and Israel's 'unacceptable efforts to uproot Palestinians from their homes' in the flashpoint East Jerusalem neighborhood Sheikh Jarrah. 

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs also issued a statement, saying it "rejects Israel's plans and measures to evict dozens of Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem and impose Israeli sovereignty over them."

The UAE, which normalized relations with Israel last year, "strongly condemned" the clashes and the potential evictions, in a statement by the UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Khalifa al-Marar, and urged Israeli authorities to reduce tensions.

"The UAE stresses the need for Israeli authorities to assume their responsibilities in line with international law to provide necessary protection to Palestinian citizens," the statement, carried by state news agency WAM, read.

At least 205 Palestinians and 17 police officers were wounded Friday as clashes erupted at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in a serious escalation culminating from tensions that have been building up in Jerusalem over the past weeks.

The Palestinian Authority has also condemned Israel for its role in fanning the flames, saying that it holds Israel responsible for the escalating violence in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a spokesman of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday.

Also on Friday, the U.S. issued a statement detailing their deep and extreme concerns about growing tensions in Jerusalem that have left hundreds wounded over the past several days, calling on Israeli and Palestinian authorities to act decisively to deescalate tensions and bring a halt to the violence.

"The United States is extremely concerned about ongoing confrontations in Jerusalem, including on the Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount and in Sheikh Jarrah, which have reportedly resulted in scores of injured people," State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in perhaps the Biden administration's most in-depth comment on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to date.

"There is no excuse for violence, but such bloodshed is especially disturbing now, coming as it does on the last days of Ramadan. This includes Friday’s attack on Israeli soldiers and reciprocal ‘price tag’ attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank, which we condemn in no uncertain terms," Price said.

Reuters contributed to this report

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