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Erdogan condemns Israeli intervention against worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque

ISTANBUL

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly condemned the Israeli attack on worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem in his phone call with the Palestinian president on Sunday.

“During our talks, I stated to Mr (Mahmoud) Abbas that I strongly condemn Israel’s intervention against worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque and that we will oppose provocations and threats to the status and spirituality of Al-Aqsa Mosque,” Erdogan said on Twitter.

The Turkish leader wished Allah’s mercy to those killed in the Israeli attack and conveyed his best wishes to the injured.

Erdogan reiterated Turkey’s support for Palestine saying, “the incident reminds us of the need for all Palestinian groups to work towards unity and reconciliation.”

Erdogan also expressed his gratitude to Abbas for his wise leadership in terms of unity.

Tensions have risen across the Palestinian territories since Israeli forces stormed the grounds of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday amid clashes with worshipers, injuring hundreds.

On Sunday, more than 700 Israeli settlers forced their way into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under tight police protection to celebrate the week-long Jewish Passover holiday, which begins on Friday.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in the world for Muslims.

Jews call the area the “Temple Mount” and claim it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Israel annexed the entire city in 1980 in a move never recognized by the international community.

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