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Foreign Ministry condemns Israel's ban orders on entry to Al-Aqsa

March 4, 2019 10:56 A.M. (Updated: March 4, 2019 11:59 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned, on Sunday, in the strongest terms the Israeli authorities’ arbitrary ban on the entry of Waqf officials, guards, and worshipers, to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City.

The ministry slammed the Israeli entry bans as a dangerous escalation aimed at preventing Muslim worshipers’ access to the mosque and undermining the role and work of the Islamic Endowment Department.

The ministry said in a statement that Israel attempts to empty the mosque of Palestinians and Muslim worshipers, which it stressed come as part of its plans to enforce the temporal division of Al-Aqsa until it is spatially divided.

The ministry also warned of the repercussions of these Israeli “arbitrary” measures against Al-Aqsa mosque, which come within the framework of the Judaization and altering of the character and identity of the city of Jerusalem.

On Sunday, Israeli authorities handed a 40-day ban order to Waqf Council chairman, Sheikh Abd al-Athim Salhab, after he was previously banned for an entire week following his release from Israeli custody.

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