Apr 18, 2022 05:44 UTC
  • Turkey condemns Israel's attack on Palestinian worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the latest Israeli attacks on Palestinian worshippers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of East al-Quds, saying his country will stand against any threats to the holy site’s status.

According to  Press TV, Erdogan made the remarks in a phone conversation with his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas, on Sunday, after Israeli forces stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque, injuring more than 150 worshipers in stepped-up violence in the fasting holy month of Ramadhan.

"During our call, I told Mr Abbas that I strongly condemned Israel's intervention on worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque and that we will stand against provocations and threats to its status or spirit," Erdogan said in a post on his Twitter account.

"Turkey always stands with Palestine," he added.

The Turkish president later said he had discussed developments at Al-Aqsa with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, adding that Israel's "interventions and provocations" had "unacceptable" results.

Erdogan added that they have also discussed possible joint steps for regional peace.

Turkey has in the past launched various initiatives within the United Nations and Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) against Israeli actions towards Palestinians and its policies regarding al-Quds or its status.

The new development came as Israel has stepped up its deadly acts of aggression across the Palestinian territories since the beginning of Ramadhan, as a result of which the Palestinians have put up stronger resistance.