The head of the regional body accuses Israel of causing tensions and violence on the grounds of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
The Arab League leader has condemned the deadly Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip as “indiscriminate and irresponsible” and said Israel provoked a previous escalation of violence for its actions in Jerusalem.
The violence began after Israeli forces stormed the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday for the third day in a row, firing rubber-coated steel bullets, stun grenades and tear gas at Palestinian worshipers inside the third holiest site in Israel. Islam in the last days of the month of Ramadan.
In response to the crackdown, Hamas, the group that controls the Gaza Strip, issued an ultimatum, saying Israel had until 18:00 (15:00 GMT) to withdraw its forces from the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Shortly after the deadline expired, Hamas launched several rockets at Israel. Israel responded by launching air raids on the besieged territory and killing 28 people, including 10 children.
“Israeli rape in Jerusalem and the government’s tolerance of Jewish extremists hostile to Palestinians and Arabs is what led to the ignition of the situation in this dangerous way,” Arab League leader Ahmed Aboul said in a statement. Gheit.
The attacks in Gaza were a “miserable show of strength at the expense of children’s blood,” he said, adding that the “Israeli provocations” were an affront to Muslims on the eve of the Eid holiday in end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Arab League foreign ministers held a virtual emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Jerusalem.
The meeting would reaffirm the centrality of the Palestinian issue to the Arab states and solidarity with the Palestinians in Jerusalem, according to a statement.
In light of the events in Jerusalem, Egypt declared its “total rejection and condemnation of these oppressive Israeli practices,” Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told the League.
Shoukry said Cairo contacted Israel in an attempt to calm tensions, but that it received indifference.
“In recent days, Egypt has reached out extensively to Israel and other interested countries and urged them to make every effort to prevent the deteriorating situation in Jerusalem,” Shoukry said. “But we didn’t get the answer we needed.”
In addition, the head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (ICO), which held an emergency meeting in Jeddah, “praised the perseverance of the Palestinian people stationed in the occupied city of Jerusalem and their response to Israeli attacks on holy places, ”the Saudi state news agency SPA reported.
Turkey also condemned the Israeli airstrikes.
“The Israeli government must finally understand that it will not be able to suppress the rights and legitimate demands of the Palestinian people using indiscriminate and disproportionate power,” the Turkish foreign ministry said.
Gaza’s health ministry said at least 28 Palestinians, including 10 children, had been killed. Israel disputed the story, saying it had killed at least 20 Hamas fighters and that a third of the hundreds of rockets launched by Hamas had fallen short, causing Palestinian civilian casualties.