UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Stephen Dujarric on Friday (Friday) expressed grave concern over clashes at the Al-Aqsa Mosque between Zionist militants and Palestinians trying to counter their illegal entry, and called for provocative measures to prevent The situation worsened.
According to the Russian news agency Tass, Dujarric said in a statement issued by the UN Secretary-General:
The UN Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation in Jerusalem .... It is necessary to stop provocative actions on the Temple Mount (Holy Shrine of Jerusalem) to prevent further tensions. According to the report, Guterres also called for maintaining the status quo in the holy sites of Jerusalem.
Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday morning (Friday), injuring scores of Palestinian worshipers and arresting them, prompting a backlash.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement:
Israel continues to illegally occupy and continuously annex Palestinian territories in violation of numerous Security Council and UN General Assembly resolutions.
Earlier, the US State Department expressed concern over the clashes at Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday and called for the preservation of the historic site.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, while emphasizing the suppression of Palestinian protesters in Al-Aqsa Mosque, held a meeting with security officials to discuss the clashes.
The Palestinian Red Crescent announced that at least 150 Palestinians were injured when Palestinian youths confronted the Zionist army's attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque.