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US urges Israel to let Muslims worship at Al-Aqsa during Ramadan

International Desk |
Update: 2024-02-29 10:54:10
US urges Israel to let Muslims worship at Al-Aqsa during Ramadan

The United States on Wednesday (Feb 28) urged Israel to allow Muslims to worship at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem during Ramadan after a far-right minister proposed barring Palestinians from the occupied West Bank from praying there.

"As it pertains to Al-Aqsa, we continue to urge Israel to facilitate access to Temple Mount for peaceful worshippers during Ramadan consistent with past practice," State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters, using the Jewish term for the site, the holiest in Judaism.

"That's not just the right thing to do, it's not just a matter of granting people religious freedom that they deserve and to which they have a right, but it's also a matter that directly is important to Israel's security," he said.

"It is not in Israel's security interest to inflame tensions in the West Bank or in the broader region."

Source CNA

BDST: 1054 HRS, FEB 29, 2024

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