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Shift in al-Aqsa’s status quo to blow up regional conflict: Palestinian Foreign Ministry

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Wafa news agency)

Palestine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has warned that any Israeli attempt to change the status quo of al-Aqsa Mosque will have damaging consequences for the occupying regime.

“Making any changes to the status quo at al-Aqsa Mosque is a direct threat that will blow up the conflict across the entire region,” the ministry said in a  Sunday statement.

The ministry urged Arab and Islamic countries to act and coordinate on political, diplomatic and legal fronts to provide the necessary international protection for occupied al-Quds and its sanctities.

The ministry also warned of the increasing threats to the al-Aqsa Mosque under the upcoming Benjamin Netanyahu-Ben Gvir coalition government, including allowing more mass incursions into the holy site by extremist Israeli settlers.

The ministry's statement came after earlier on Sunday, scores of Israeli settlers guarded by the regime's forces broke into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

According to the Jordan-run Islamic Waqf Department, scores of Israeli settlers entered the compound through the Moroccan Gate in groups and performed rituals and Talmudic prayers there.

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has already warned the Tel Aviv regime against crossing “red lines” at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of al-Quds.

In recent weeks, scores of Israeli settlers escorted by regime troops have broken into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. The settlers frequently enter the compound in groups and perform rituals and Talmudic prayers there under the protection of Israeli forces.

Under the current status quo, only Muslims are allowed to worship within the compound while non-Muslims may visit the site, but are not allowed to pray there.

In May 2021, frequent acts of violence against Palestinian worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque led to an 11-day war between Palestinian resistance groups in the besieged Gaza Strip and Israel, during which the regime killed at least 260 Palestinians, including 66 children.

Netanyahu, who served as prime minister from 2009 to 2021, has won elections despite standing charges of corruption and political dysfunction.

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