Qatar condemns closing of Al Aqsa for Friday prayers
15 Jul 2017 - 8:03
State of Qatar strongly condemned Israeli occupation authorities' prevention of Friday prayers at Al Aqsa Mosque, for the first time since 1969. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that Israeli occupation army's closure of Al Aqsa mosque, prevention of prayers there, and declaration of the area as a closed military zone was a severe violation of holy Islamic sites and a provocation to millions of Muslims around the world. The statement called on the international community to assume its responsibility in halting these violations.
Israeli police closed and cancelled Friday noon prayers in Al Aqsa mosque and briefly detained Jerusalem's top Muslim cleric after three Palestinians and two Israeli police officers were killed in a shootout in Jerusalem's Old City.