Arab League chief warns Israel not to trespass ‘red line’

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Cairo, July 23 (IANS) Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Ghiet on Sunday warned Israel that Jerusalem was “a red line” that cannot be bypassed.

“Israel is playing with fire and is igniting a big crisis with the Arab and Muslim world because of its measures in Jerusalem,” Aboul-Ghiet’s spokesman said in a press statement, Xinhua reported.

He added that Israel was attempting to impose a new reality in East Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site of the Muslims.

On Friday, three Palestinian protestors were killed and hundreds others injured in clashes with Israeli troops over Israel’s introduction of detectors and cameras at the Muslim entrance to the holy site, which sparked anger throughout West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Clashes between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli police were still ongoing outside the mosque.

The recent Israeli measures added tension to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that has lasted for decades, since the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and the Western-backed creation of Israel in 1948.

The Palestinians seek to establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital city in the light of the UN-proposed two-state solution based on the pre-1967 borders.

–IANS

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