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Sunday, 16 July 2017 | MYT 1:02 PM

Najib: Malaysia condemns Israel's closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Malaysia strongly condemns Israel's closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

"Malaysia strongly condemn Israel's closure of the Al-Aqsa mosque and denying the rights of the Muslims to perform Friday prayers," he said in his Twitter account on Sunday.

Israeli cancelled Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque after three Palestinians and two Israeli police officers were killed in a gun battle at the mosque compound.

Al Jazeera reported that following the incident, Israeli police cleared the Al-Aqsa Mosque and closed it to the public.

Meanwhile, Wisma Putra in a statement said that the action by the Israeli authorities was a violation of international laws and norms.

"This is the first time since 1969 that Muslim worshippers are banned from performing Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque," it said.

The Foreign Ministry stressed that the provocative action by Israel constitutes a flagrant violation of Muslim's rights to perform their religious rituals in their holy places, free from any restrictions, and that the freedom to worship was a right guaranteed under the international law.

The ministry said Malaysia demanded that Israel immediately re-open the Al-Aqsa Mosque to Muslim worshippers and cease any action that would change the status quo of the Islamic holy site.  - Bernama

Tags / Keywords: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak , Malaysia , Al Aqsa Mosque , Israel , condemns , closure

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