Government & Politics

OIC condemns Israeli closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque as serious precedent

Jeddah (IINA) � The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Saturday condemned Israel's closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the banning of Friday prayers at Islam's third holy shrine, for the first time since 1969.

The OIC considered the Israeli move as "a crime, a serious precedent and a blatant attack on the holy sites as well as the rights and freedom of Palestinians to practice their religion."

OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen warned of the Israeli occupation's attempts to impose new reality inside the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. He called on the international community to act immediately to deter repeated Israeli attacks against Islamic and Christian holy sites in occupied Jerusalem and to stop Israel's racist violations and crimes against the Palestinian people and their holy sites.

Source: International Islamic News Agency