Iran FM denounces Israeli attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque

Tehran – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian has condemned the Israeli attack on al-Aqsa Mosque in al-Quds (Jerusalem), saying resistance is alive while Zionists are desperate.

In a Friday phone call with Ismail Haniyeh, head of the political bureau of the Hamas resistance movement, Amir Abdollahian said: “Without a doubt, the Zionist regime has become too weak to resist the uprising of the Palestinian people and the resistance who created the epic Operation al-Quds Sword.

“Today the resistance is in its best position while the Zionist terrorist regime is in its weakest position,” he added.

Amir Abdollahian said Israel’s heinous act against worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque was the result of some Arab and Muslim countries betraying the Palestinian cause by normalizing relations with Israel.

Early Friday, Israeli soldiers attacked the compound of the Holy Mosque in the occupied old city of al-Quds, injuring more than 150 Palestinian worshippers.

Occupation soldiers invaded the mosque through the Moroccan Gate, also known as the Mughrabi Gate, firing sound bombs and rubber bullets at worshippers, according to Palestinian news agency Ma’an.

Videos showed that Israeli forces also targeted ambulances and press crews, chasing them through the courtyards of the mosque and beating a number of people.

The Islamic Republic’s top diplomat reaffirmed Iran’s support for an independent Palestine in all native Palestinian lands with al-Quds as its capital. Amir Abdollahian said he will continue diplomatic talks with his Muslim counterparts to end Israeli crimes against the Palestinians.

For his part, Haniyeh expressed his gratitude for Iran’s support for the Palestinian cause.

He urged Muslim countries, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the United Nations Security Council to step up their diplomatic efforts to stop Israel.

On Friday, Saeed Khatibzadeh, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, stressed that the Israeli regime was brazenly violating human rights standards and international law by committing crimes at al-Aqsa Mosque. He also condemned the “brazen” acts of violence by Zionists against holy places in Palestine and against fasting people and worshipers in mosques.

The Iranian official further said that the apartheid Zionist regime will never change its attitude towards the Palestinians and will continue to perpetrate atrocities against the oppressed people.

“We are now witnessing the unbridled violence of this apartheid and racist regime.”

“The Zionists’ crimes against the oppressed Palestinian people show the growing weakness of this occupation regime, which resorts to assaults on defenseless worshipers only to conceal its hollow power,” Khatibzadeh stressed.

After the signing of the peace agreements in 1979 and 1994, Egypt and Jordan respectively established full diplomatic relations with the occupation regime. In 2020, when Donald Trump was in power, four Arab countries – namely the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco – moved to normalize relations with Israel through US-brokered agreements.

The initiative, led by the United Arab Emirates, has drawn significant condemnation from Palestinians, as well as nations and human rights advocates around the world, including among Muslims.

Khatibzadeh also called on Muslim countries to take a stand against Israeli actions in al-Aqsa Mosque. He said the Israeli regime as well as its regional and international allies should be held accountable for any possible fallout in al-Quds and Palestine.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry official called on the OIC to openly support the Palestinians.

The Tel Aviv regime has escalated its acts of violence across the Palestinian territory since the start of Ramadan, prompting Palestinians to retaliate further.
Since March 22, more than two dozen Palestinians have been targeted by the regime. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has already given carte blanche to Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank to “defeat” what he calls “terror”.

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