Trampling on Al-Aqsa mosque is our red line: Erdoğan

Türkiye on Wednesday denounced attacks inside Al-Aqsa mosque, with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan saying Israel had crossed a "red line".

"Türkiye cannot stay silent in the face of these attacks. Trampling on the Al-Aqsa mosque is our red line," Erdoğan said during a dinner for those breaking daytime fasting, a practice for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

"Palestinians are not alone," he added.

Erdoğan's comments followed earlier criticism made by his Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

"We condemn these attacks," Çavuşoğlu said on the margins of a NATO gathering in Brussels.

"Normalisation with Israel has begun, but our commitment cannot be at the expense of the Palestinian cause and our principles," he added, noting that "these attacks have exceeded the limit".

His remarks came after tensions escalated when Israeli police detained around 350 worshippers from inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.

A group of Palestinians barricaded themselves inside the Al-Qibli Prayer Hall in the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex after Jewish settlers called for a raid on the mosque. They attempted to prevent police from entering by closing its doors.

Surrounding the Al-Qibli Prayer Hall, Israeli police went up to the roof of the mosque, smashed windows, and initially used sound bombs against worshippers inside. Some in the mosque tried to resist police by throwing fireworks.

 

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