Jerusalem, Israeli assault on Al-Aqsa Mosque

Turkey condemns the violent Israeli assault on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

Turkey strongly condemned the violent assault carried out this Wednesday by Israeli security forces against the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest place for Muslims after the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, which left at least 14 Palestinians injured and more than 400 detained: an attack described as “absolutely unacceptable” by Ankara, perpetrated against a holy place and in the middle of the month of Ramadan.

The Turkish government also said it is “very concerned about the escalation in the region, especially in Gaza,” and called on the Israeli government to “immediately cease all provocations and attacks.” Referring to the resumption of relations with Israel under Netanyahu, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu warned today that “our relations with Israel cannot be at the expense of the Palestinian cause.”