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Al-Aqsa events: Moscow holds Washington and Europe responsible

Russia blamed the US of America and the EU On Tuesday for the escalation of violence between Palestinians and Israelis, especially in the Old City of Jerusalem, including Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to a statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry, in reference to the Israeli forces’ attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque. 

The Russian Foreign Ministry added that “the clashes between the Palestinians and Israelis and the aggravation of the situation over the Gaza Strip, during religious holidays holy to Muslims, Christians and Jews may lead to more violence. 

He pointed out that Russian diplomacy is making the necessary contacts with the Palestinians, Israelis and Arab capitals to calm the situation. 

Moscow called on both sides to “exercise restraint and immediately refrain from any acts of aggression and provocation, including the disproportionate use of force against the Palestinian civilian population, and the siege of Palestinian cities in the West Bank, as well as actions that undermine the status quo of the holy sites in Jerusalem.” 

According to the statement, Moscow considers that “such steps threaten to destabilize the situation in the end, and lead to a relapse of a large-scale armed confrontation,” stressing the need to “guarantee the freedom of belief of representatives of all sects and enable them to visit religious shrines.” 

Preventing Jews from entering Al-Aqsa 

The newspaper “Israel Hayom” quoted two Israeli political sources as saying that the political leadership in Israel decided to close the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque to Jews from Friday until the end of Ramadan, in an attempt to stop the escalating violence with the Palestinians, but they said that the decision may take effect starting next Sunday, When the final decision is made after assessing the situation on the ground. 

Israel carried out air strikes (Tuesday) on the Gaza Strip, the first in months, in response to the firing of a missile from the Strip towards the Jewish state, amid tension in Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surroundings in occupied East Jerusalem. 

Tensions centered in Jerusalem in the vicinity of Al-Aqsa Mosque in protest against the violations committed by Jews, including settlers, on the courtyards of the mosque, which take place at specific times and under conditions. 

The escalation, which coincided with Easter for Jews, Easter for Christians, and Ramadan for Muslims, increased fears of a renewed scenario last year, after demonstrations and clashes in the vicinity of the mosque developed into a bloody escalation with the Gaza Strip that lasted 11 days. 

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