Iran called on the United Nations Saturday to condemn a bloody Israeli action in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Al-Quds, saying it amounted to a war crime.
Iran “condemns the attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque… by the Al-Quds occupying regime’s military,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement.
“This war crime once again proved to the world the criminal nature of the illegitimate Zionist regime,” he said.
Iran “calls on the United Nations and other related international institutions to act on their definite duty to confront this war crime”.
At least 205 Palestinians were injured late Friday in clashes with Israeli forces at Islam’s third-holiest site, as thousands of Palestinians faced off with several hundred Israeli forces in full riot gear.
Protesters hurled stones, bottles and fireworks at troops who fired rubber bullets, stun grenades and water cannon mounted on armored vehicles to disperse the crowd.
Friday’s unrest came on the annual Al-Quds Day of solidarity with the Palestinians, observed by Iran and others around the world.
In a keynote speech, Iran’s Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called Israel “not a country, but a terrorist base” and stressed that “fighting this despotic regime ... is everyone’s duty”.
Tensions in Al-Quds have soared in recent weeks as Palestinians have protested against Israeli restrictions on access to parts of the Old City during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and as the threat of eviction has hung over four Palestinian families whose homes are claimed by Israeli settlers, AFP wrote.
The United Nations called on Israel on Friday to end forced evictions in annexed East Al-Quds, warning its actions could amount to war crimes.
The European Union on Saturday condemned violent clashes at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and denounced the evictions as "illegal", blaming them for increasing tensions.
Israel occupied East Al-Quds during the Six-Day War of 1967, and later annexed it, in a move not recognized by most of the international community.
Muslim nations’ reaction
Turkey said it "strongly condemns" Friday’s attack by Israeli forces on Palestinian worshipers and called on Israel “to put an end to this provocative and aggressive attitude as soon as possible”
"Turkey will continue to support the just cause of the Palestinian people,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said, Press TV wrote.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu took to Twitter to say: “It is inhumane for Israel to target innocents praying during holy Ramadan."
Turkey's presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin also tweeted: "Israeli occupation forces, which don't respect any religious values during the holy month of Ramadan, must leave Al-Aqsa Mosque immediately.”
Qatar said the Israeli raid “was a provocation to the feelings of millions of Muslims around the world, and a severe violation of human rights and international accords”.
The Qatari Foreign Ministry stressed that the international community must “move swiftly to end the repeated Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people and Al-Aqsa Mosque”.
Kuwait's Foreign Ministry blasted the mosque attack, calling it a blatant affront to the feelings of Muslims and rules of human rights.
It also held Israeli authorities responsible for a dangerous escalation and consequences that may result.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry similarly denounced Israeli forces for breaking into the Al-Aqsa Mosque and attacking worshipers.
The Saudi Foreign Ministry said Israel’s unilateral measures undermine chances to resume "peace talks”.
"We reject Israel's plans and measures to evict Palestinians from their homes in Al-Quds and to impose Israel's sovereignty on them," it said.