Egypt calls for ‘maximum restraint’ amid escalation sparked by ‘Israeli storming of Al-Aqsa’

Smoke and fire rise from an explosion caused by an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City, early Friday, April 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Smoke and fire rise from an explosion caused by an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City, early Friday, April 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Egypt says it is “greatly concerned” by the security escalation over the past 48 hours since Israeli police “stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque and attacked worshippers.”

Israel maintains that its troops were forced to enter the mosque early Tuesday after Palestinians barricaded themselves inside and stockpiled weapons to use against police and civilians.

“All parties must exercise maximum restraint and respond [responsibly] to efforts to restore calm in order to spare the region more [violence],” Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid says.

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