The Kingdom of Morocco reacted to the violence recorded during the night from Saturday to Sunday in East Jerusalem, the Palestinian part of the city, between Israeli police officers and Palestinian demonstrators by qualifying these incidents as “an inadmissible act”. Rabat also called for stopping the taking of unilateral measures.
While at least 90 people were injured in different neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, for the second consecutive evening of violence, tensions once again mounted between Israelis and Palestinians, reaching their peak.
According to Palestinian Red Crescent rescuers, most of those injured, including minors, were injured by impacts from rubber bullets or stun grenades used by the Israeli police.
Israeli law enforcement officials also used putrid water cannons to disperse Palestinians who responded with projectile throws. Several Palestinians lost their sight after receiving rubber bullets in the eyes while performing their evening prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.
Morocco has followed with “deep concern” the violent incidents in Al Quds acharif and in the Al Aqsa mosque, said a statement from the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs released overnight from Saturday to Sunday.
“Morocco, including the Sovereign, His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist Him, chairs the Al Quds Committee, considers these violations as an inadmissible act and likely to stir up tensions”, adds the document.
And to continue that unilateral measures are not the solution, calling for dialogue and respect for rights. Rabat also recalled the need to preserve the special status of the city of Jerusalem (Al Quds) and to protect the Islamic stamp of the holy city and the sacredness of the Al Aqsa Mosque.
The four members of the Middle East quartet, namely the UN, the European Union, the United States and Russia also expressed on Saturday their “deep concern” following the violence in Jerusalem which left more than 200 injured. the last days.
“We call on the Israeli authorities to show restraint and avoid measures that could lead to an escalation of the situation during this period of Muslim holy days,” the statement denounced.