Aqsa attack undermines negotiations between Palestine/Israel: FM
Israeli border police take position during clashes with Palestinian protesters following a protest against the Israeli police raid on Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque - REUTERS

CAIRO: Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry spoke via phone Saturday with the British Secretary Philip Hammond, discussing the Israeli violation in Al Aqsa Mosque and the situation in Libya, State Information Service (SIS) reported.

“Such acts undermine any attempt to resume negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides,” said Shoukry, according to SIS.

He called on the international community for an immediate intervention and to stop Israeli violations in the Islamic holy places in Palestine.

The two also tackled the Libyan situation, stressing the importance of commitment to the timetable set by UN envoy Bernardino Leon to reach a final political solution that will lead to the formation of national unity government, said SIS.

On Sept. 13, Israeli forces raided the plaza of Al-Aqsa Mosque to stop alleged attempts by Palestinians to block the Mughrabi Gate, the only entrance for non-Muslims.

A total of 32 windows of Al-Aqsa were partially or completely shattered and the carpet burned in 12 spots in the raid, Reuters quoted the mosque’s official Radwan Amr.

The Israeli police broke down the historical gates of the Qibli mosque, one of the buildings in the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, after they raided the complex from the Mughrabi Gate Tuesday, Wafa news agency reported.

Sky News Arabia reported that 26 people were injured at the mosque Tuesday, while Israeli Police spokesperson Luba Samir was quoted by Haaretz as saying that two Palestinians were arrested and five officers were lightly injured.

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