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Egypt denounces ‘incursions by Israeli settlers’ on Temple Mount

Israeli police escort a group of religious Jews as they visit the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, March 31, 2022. (Jamal Awad/ Flash90)
Israeli police escort a group of religious Jews as they visit the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, March 31, 2022. (Jamal Awad/ Flash90)

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry condemns “the Israeli escalation in the Palestinian territories in recent days,” especially recent visits by Jews to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City.

The Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site. Muslims revere the Al-Aqsa Mosque, located at the compound, as the third-holiest site in their tradition. A fragile status quo prevails on the flashpoint hilltop, as a part of which Jews are allowed to visit, but not to worship.

Israeli authorities have continued to allow Jewish visitors to spend time at the site during the Ramadan holy month, which began yesterday. Far-right Jewish Israeli MK Itamar Ben Gvir visited the site on Thursday, angering Palestinians.

Cairo condemns in a statement the “continued incursions by Israeli settlers into the Al-Aqsa Mosque area under the protection of the Israeli police.”

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry adds that “escalation must be avoided — especially during the holy month of Ramadan and Christian and Jewish holidays — so as to not slip into cycles of violence.”

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