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UAE summons Israel envoy following attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque

April 19, 2022 at 6:41 pm

An Israeli security officer beats AFP photographer Ahmad Gharabli with a baton as he covers clashes with Palestinian protesters at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque complex, on April 15, 2022 [MUHAMMAD ALAYYAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]

The United Arab Emirates has summoned the Israeli ambassador to protest against occupation forces storming Al-Aqsa Mosque and injuring over 150 Palestinians, the Gulf State’s Foreign Ministry said today, Reuters reports.

Reem Bint Ebrahim Al Hashimy, UAE minister of state for international cooperation, stressed the need “to immediately stop these events [and] provide full protection for worshippers,” the ministry said in a statement.

She also called for “respect for the right of Palestinians to practise their religious rites, and halt any practices that violate the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque. Moreover, she expressed concern over the escalation of tension that threatens stability and security in the region.”

On Friday, at least 152 Palestinians were wounded when Israeli occupation forces stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque and fired at Palestinian worshippers.

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