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Date: 20/02/2019

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) strongly condemned the Israeli occupation forces’ storming the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, closing Al-Rahmah Gate, and brutally attacking the worshipers in its courtyards in a provocation of the Islamic Ummah’s feelings and in a flagrant violation of the relevant international resolutions and conventions.

The OIC reiterated that Al-Aqsa Mosque is a place of worship exclusively for Muslims and that Israel, the Occupying Power, carries full responsibility for the consequences of the continuation of these repeated attacks, which fuel religious conflict, extremism, and instability in the region.

The OIC also condemned the approval of the Israeli occupation authorities of the construction of 4,416 new settlement units in the occupied city of Al-Quds, stressing that all Israeli settlements on the land of the occupied State of Palestine are illegal under international law and relevant UN resolutions, particularly UN Security Council Resolution 2334 of 23 December 2016.

At the same time, the OIC called upon the international community, in particular the UN Security Council, to enforce its resolutions and exercise its responsibilities to compel Israel, the Occupying Power, to cease its systematic violations and to abide by the relevant UN resolutions.