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OIC to discuss situation at Al-Aqsa Mosque

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday to discuss Israeli violations at the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in Occupied East Al-Quds, Anadolu News Agency reports.

In a statement, the Jeddah-based organisation said the meeting comes "after the continuous Israeli escalation in the Occupied city of Al-Quds and the continuous violations against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque."


The pan-Muslim grouping said the meeting will discuss the situation after a storming by Israeli National Security Minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir to "Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards under the protection of the Israeli Occupation Forces."


Ben-Gvir's provocation, the statement said, came amid Israeli attempts "to change the legal and historical status of Al-Aqsa Mosque."


The far-right Israeli Minister stormed the flashpoint site last week under Israeli police protection, triggering a storm of condemnations from countries across the world, including Jordan, Turkiye, the US Saudi Arabia and Qatar.


Palestinians accuse Israel of systematically working to Judaise East Al-Quds, where Al-Aqsa is located, and to obliterate its Arab and Islamic identity.


For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third-holiest site. Jews, for their part, call the area the Temple Mount, saying it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.


Israel occupied East Al-Quds during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. It annexed the entire city in 1980, in a move never recognised by the international community.

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