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Friday, 21 July 2017 15:01

Turks to protest restrictions at Al-Aqsa

Nationwide demonstrations in Turkey planned for after Friday prayers

 

A number of non-governmental organizations in Turkey are planning to protest new Israeli restrictions on Palestinians’ entry to Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest site.

Israeli restrictions will be condemned across Turkey, particularly in Istanbul and Ankara, after Friday prayers. Protests are expected to continue Saturday.

In Turkey’s second city of Istanbul, IHH Humanitarian Aid Foundation Chairman Bulent Yildirim will hold a news meeting and read a statement prepared by 50 academics and religious scholars.

The Anatolia Youth Association's (AGD) will organize a protest after the prayer in the city.

In Ankara, a group plans to gather at the Haci Bayram Veli Mosque to protest.

Protests are planned in other provinces, including Antalya, Diyarbakir and Izmir,

“Any restriction on Muslims entering Al-Aqsa Mosque is unacceptable,” Erdogan told his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas.

Erdogan later called Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and voiced regret for the loss of life amid the friction between the two groups, according to Turkish presidential sources.

Israeli authorities closed the Al-Aqsa compound and cancelled weekly Friday prayers for the first time in nearly five decades, following a shootout last week that killed three Palestinians and two Israeli policemen near the holy site in East Jerusalem.

The new security measures have led to a wave of anger among Palestinians, who called for the immediate removal of the use of metal detectors by the Israeli authorities.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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