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Israel warned against Jerusalem ‘provocation’

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Jordan’s king warned Israel on Monday that any further “provocation” in Jerusalem where Israeli police have clashed with Muslims at Al-Aqsa Mosque would damage ties between the two countries.

“Any more provocation in Jerusalem will affect the relationship between Jordan and Israel” which have a 1994 peace accord, said King Abdullah II following a second day of clashes at the flashpoint holy site in annexed east Jerusalem.

“Jordan will not have a choice but to take actions, unfortunately,” he told journalists in English after talks with visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The kingdom has custodian rights over the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

On Sunday, The Ministerial councils of the Arab League also warned Israel against possible reprecussions for its actions in Jerusalem concerning the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, according to a statement released by the league.

The council, during its 144 session, said the Arab League considers the most recent clashes at the Al-Aqsa compound, and Israel’s “attempt to divide” the holy site, a provocation against the Arab states.

The council reiterated that the Palestinian issue is the central issue to Arab Nations, and that they categorically reject to recognize Israeli as a Jewish state.

Muslims and Israeli police clashed for a second day Monday as Jews celebrated their new year and protesters vowed to protect Islam’s third-holiest site.

As on Sunday, Israeli security forces entered the compound to prevent Muslim youths from “harassing visiting Jews,” Israeli police said.

Muslims have barricaded themselves inside Al-Aqsa amid protests over access to the site, venerated by Jews as the Temple Mount.

Israel seized east Jerusalem, taking it over from Jordanian administration, in the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community. MAANNEWS


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