| 25 May 2024, Saturday |

Bahaa Hariri strongly condemns Israeli attack on unarmed worshipers

Sheikh Bahaa Hariri, son of assassinated former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, denounced on Saturday the Israeli attack on worshipers at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque late on Friday.

“We strongly condemn the storming by Israeli forces of Al-Aqsa mosque courtyards in occupied Jerusalem and the attack on unarmed worshipers,” Hariri wrote on Twitter.

“Such acts constitute a blatant violation of international covenants,” he said, adding that “the international community must act immediately to preserve the rights of the residents of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhoods and stop such recurrent attacks.”

Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades towards rock-hurling Palestinian youth at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday amid growing anger over the potential eviction of Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers.

At least 205 Palestinians and 17 officers were injured in the night-time clashes at Islam’s third-holiest site and around East Jerusalem, Palestinian medics and Israeli police reported, as thousands of Palestinians faced off with several hundred Israeli police in riot gear.

Tension has mounted in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, with nightly clashes in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah – a neighborhood where numerous Palestinian families face eviction in a long-running legal case.

Calls for restraint and calm poured in on Friday from the United States and the United Nations, with others including Jordan and the European Union voicing alarm at the possible evictions.

  • Sawt Beirut International