- Title: Arab League calls Jerusalem 'a red line' amid latest tension
- Date: 27th July 2017
- Summary: CAIRO, EGYPT (JULY 27, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF ARAB LEAGUE ARAB LEAGUE FLAG ON TOP OF BUILDING DELEGATES SITTING IN ARAB LEAGUE PLENARY HALL ARAB LEAGUE CHAIR / FLAGS AND EMBLEM (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ARAB LEAGUE SECRETARY GENERAL, AHMED ABOUL GHEIT, SAYING: "Jerusalem is a red line, we will not allow anyone, no matter who, to pass it. We do not accept that the reality of the refused current occupation, by ourselves and the whole world and introduction to change the situation in this holy place." VARIOUS OF ARAB LEAGUE KUWAIT FOREIGN MINISTER, SABAH KHALED AL-SABAH, SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JORDANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, AYMAN SAFADI, SAYING: "The fear of an explosion of new crises is still present, as long as the roots of tension remain. It's a brutal occupation and there are continuing Israeli attempts to forcefully change the reality of the situation, the identity of Islamic and Christian Arab holy places and restrict the chances of an independent Palestinian state." VARIOUS OF ARAB LEAGUE DELEGATES SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SAMEH SHOUKRY, SAYING: "Egypt hopes for the continuation of the calm that began this morning at the holy site and that Israel would refrain from taking any measure that would lead to the return of tensions." ARAB LEAGUE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, RIYAD AL MALIKI, SAYING: "The attack on Jerusalem is brutal, strategic and systematic. [The attack] was a one on the Palestinian people, who were able through stability and will to protect the city for decades. Despite the hardships, the procedures taken by the occupation to solidify their presence in Jerusalem are not separate events, but a campaign that is funded very well to change the landmarks of Jerusalem forever." EXTERIOR OF ARAB LEAGUE
- Embargoed: 10th August 2017 18:23
- Keywords: Arab League; violence in Jerusalem; meeting with foreign ministers; delegates discussing
- Location: CAIRO, EGYPT
- City: CAIRO, EGYPT
- Country: Egypt
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016RHVAKN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The Arab League on Thursday (July 27) supported the removal of security measures imposed by Israel at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque after it sparked days of violence at the sacred site.
The Arab League's Secretary General, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, said Jerusalem is 'a red line' amid the latest tension, which erupted after Israel installed metal detectors, cameras and steel barriers at Muslim entrances to the compound, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. The move followed the July 14 killing of two Israeli policemen by an Arab gunmen who had concealed weapons inside the walled plaza.
Thousands of Muslim worshippers surged into the mosque on Thursday and at least 113 were hurt in scuffles with police after Israel lifted the security measures.
For the past two weeks, most Muslims have refused to enter Al-Aqsa, instead praying in streets around Jerusalem's Old City.
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