AMMAN (Reuters) – King Abdullah of Jordan said on Monday that Israel’s “unilateral” moves against Muslim worshipers at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque seriously undermine prospects for peace in the region, state media said.
The monarch, speaking with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, accused Israel of ‘acts of provocation’ inside the mosque that violated the ‘legal and historical status quo’ of holy shrines Muslims.
At least 152 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli riot police inside the mosque compound on Friday, the latest in a flare-up of violence that has raised fears of a return to conflict wider.
King Abdullah’s Hashemite Monarchy has been the guardian of the sites since 1924, paying for their upkeep and deriving some of its legitimacy from this role.
While the kingdom has a peace deal with Israel and maintains strong security ties, many Jordanians resent Israel and identify with Palestinian aspirations to statehood.
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More than 87 MPs in the country’s 130-member parliament on Monday called on the government to abandon the country’s unpopular peace deal.
Sporadic protests across the country have erupted in recent days in solidarity with the Palestinians.
(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)
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