According to the reports, At least 158 Palestinians were wounded when Israeli police raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Friday, where they were met by stone-throwing and hurled firecrackers. According to the Palestine Red Crescent, the majority of Palestinian injuries were caused by rubber bullets, stun grenades, and police batons.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan had told his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas, that he condemned Israeli “intervention on worshippers” at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque and threats to its “status or spirit”.
Erdogan’s comments come amid efforts by Turkey and Israel in recent weeks to normalize their long-strained ties, as part of a regional charm offensive launched by Ankara in 2020.
“During our call, I told Mr. Abbas that I strongly condemned Israel’s intervention on worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque and that we will stand against provocations and threats to its status or spirit,” Erdogan Tweeted. “Turkey always stands with Palestine,” he further added.
Erdogan later stated he spoke with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres about the situation at Al-Aqsa and that Israel’s “interventions and provocations” had “unacceptable” consequences. Erdogan noted that they also discussed possible collaborative initiatives for regional peace.
Pakistan has also expressed its grave concern over the latest developments in various parts of the occupied Palestinian territories. The Foreign Office statement termed the assault on peaceful worshippers” during the month of Ramazan as an “egregious violation of all humanitarian norms and human rights laws.” The FO also reaffirmed Pakistan’s consistent and unstinted support for the Palestinian cause.
“We pray for the earliest recovery of those injured. Pakistan also calls upon the international community to take urgent steps to protect innocent Palestinian lives, and uphold international law and principles of the UN Charter.” The statement added.