Palestinian officials condemn the “storming of Al-Aqsa” by Israeli police and vow that they will consider “all options” in response.
Israeli police entered the Temple Mount, an area revered by both Muslims and Jews, earlier this morning. They say they sought to quell a violent Palestinian riot that included stone-throwing.
“Storming the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a crime committed by the occupation. The Palestinian leadership is studying all options to respond to this heinous aggression against the holy sites and the citizens,” tweets senior Palestinian Authority official Hussein al-Sheikh, one of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s closest advisers.
Khadr Adnan, a senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander in the West Bank, warns that Israel will pay a price for its “desecration.”
“The desecration of Al-Aqsa and the wounding of hundreds of those who defend it is a crime that has its price, and we are all confident in the resistance of our people,” Adnan says.