Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned the recent
Israeli assault on the the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said that the body is
determined to raise the issue of the Israeli aggressions against the
al-Aqsa Mosque at the United Nations General Assembly, Turkey’s Anadolu
news agency reported on Thursday.
On September 18, Israeli forces stormed the mosque compound, firing
teargas at Palestinian worshippers. Clashes reportedly broke out between
the Israeli troops and the Palestinians after they attempted to
prevent the worshippers, including women and children, from entering
Ihsanoglu also stated that the Islamic world will not remain silent
over the Tel Aviv regime’s assaults on the mosque for a long time,
calling on the UNESCO, UN Security Council and the OIC member states to
fulfill their responsibilities in preserving international peace and
The international community should confront the Israeli regime and
prevent such incidents from happening again, said the OIC head.
In similar incidents earlier this month, the Israeli military fired
stun grenades at Palestinian protesters inside the al-Aqsa compound
after Friday Prayers, arresting 15 of them.
The al-Aqsa compound, which lies in the Israeli-occupied Old City of
al-Quds, is a flashpoint. The compound, known to Jews as the Temple
Mount, is the holiest site in Judaism. It is Islam’s third-holiest site
after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.