Saudi Arabia denounces Israeli settlers storming al-Aqsa Mosque

Riyadh — The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denounced the Israeli settlers’ invasion of the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, according to the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The ministry “expressed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s condemnation and rejection of the flagrant storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which was carried out by Israeli settlers under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces,” according to a statement from the ministry.

The raid took place during Ramadan, which is a sacred month in Islam and a time of meditation and prayer.

According to the ministry, “Such actions weaken peace efforts and violate international principles and conventions governing respect for religious sanctuaries.”

The foreign ministry of Saudi Arabia stated that Saudi Arabia supports all initiatives aimed at putting an end to the occupation and “reaching a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause that enables the Palestinian people to establish their independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with East Al-Quds (East Jerusalem) as its capital.”

The Al-Aqsa Mosque’s grounds were invaded by dozens of radical Israeli settlers, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

According to a statement from the General Islamic Endowments Department in Jerusalem, numerous Israelis carried out the raids while being well protected by Israeli Occupation soldiers, WAFA said.