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Pakistan condemns Israel violence against Palestinians

Palestinians wave the national flag outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on April 27, 2021 [MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images]
Palestinians wave the national flag outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on April 27, 2021 [MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images]

Pakistan, on Monday, condemned Israeli violence against Palestinians in Jerusalem, which intensified at the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

In a statement posted on its website, Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: "Pakistan views the recent alarming developments in the Occupied Palestinian Territories with serious concern."

"These include harassment of people coming for prayers, arrests of innocent Palestinians and other arbitrary restrictions in violation of fundamental human rights."

The statement noted that "these illegal measures have seen an upsurge since the onset of the holy month of Ramadan."

Meanwhile, it stressed: "Pakistan condemns these violent acts carried out by the Israeli occupation forces and urges the international community for prompt action to protect Palestinians."

Pakistan reiterated its "steadfast support for the Palestinian people's inalienable right to self-determination."

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It added: "For just and lasting peace, it is imperative to have a two-state solution in accordance with the relevant United Nations and OIC resolutions, with the pre-1967 borders, and Al-Quds Al-Sharif [Jerusalem] as the capital of a viable, independent and contiguous Palestinian State."

Since the start of Ramadan, the Palestinians in Jerusalem have also been facing violence and harassment by extremist Israeli settlers, mainly, followers of the Kahanist Lahava group. The settlers have tried to set fire to Palestinian homes in Jerusalem's Old City, and have called for those who protest to be killed.

The extremists have been protected in their vicious activities against the Palestinians by Israeli police. More than 100 Palestinian protesters have been wounded in these settler attacks, and more than 100 others have been arrested.

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