Salman seeks ‘urgent’ U.N. action on Al-Aqsa

An official source said the Saudis have expressed complete disapproval and denounces Israel for its recent violations

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An official source has said on Thursday that Saudi Arabia expressed complete disapproval and denounced Israel for its recent violations against the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which is considered to be Islam’s third holiest site.

The source also added that Saudi Arabia will hold Israeli authorities fully accountable for any consequences resulting from acts of “illegal aggression,” stressing that any attacks will lead to serious consequences and fuels extremism and violence.


The Gulf Arab Kingdom also added that acts in recent days are incompatible in accordance to established principles and international laws that have been agreed upon on Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The official source confirmed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's absolute rejection of the policy of the Israeli occupation of the time-based-division of Al-Aqsa Mosque, warning of what will be resulted from these policies of escalation that lead to serious consequences, calling on the international community to move immediately to compel the Israeli authorities to stop the attack on the Islamic holy sanctuaries and respect religions, international laws and legislations and the principles of the peace process.

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King Salman had informed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that he had been in contact with world leaders regarding the mosque and that he had asked Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir to take all necessary measures to protect al-Aqsa.

In addition, King Salman, has appealed to UN chief Ban Ki-moon and members of the Security Council for “urgent measures” after clashes at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, state media reported late Wednesday.

Salman “expressed strong condemnation of the dangerous Israeli escalation” at the holy site where Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli police for three straight days, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

“He called for serious and speedy international efforts and for the intervention of the Security Council to take all urgent measures to stop these violations,” it said.

Salman added that the “attack on worshippers” violates the sanctity of religions “and contributes to feeding extremism and violence in the world.”

The Saudi king also telephoned U.S. President Barack Obama to express how he strongly condemns the Israeli escalation in the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque.

SPA said Salman made the same appeal in phone calls to British Prime Minister David Cameron, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande.

Rioting erupted between Israeli police and Palestinians this week at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound as Jews celebrated their new year between Sunday evening and Tuesday evening.

The Israeli police entered the compound to disperse protesters, in a response that sparked condemnation across the Arab world and concern that the tensions could spiral out of control.

The U.N.’s Mideast envoy, Nikolay Mladenov, warned on Tuesday that clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in and around Jerusalem’s holy sites have the potential to ignite violence well beyond the walls of its old city, pointing to “a vicious tide of terror and extremism” in the region.

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