UN lead­ers to meet on Al-Aqsa Mosque ten­sion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

Philip­pine law­mak­ers on Satur­day voted to ex­tend mar­tial law on the south­ern is­land of Min­danao un­til the end of the year, giv­ing Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte ex­tra time to quell a re­bel­lion by mil­i­tants al­lied with the Is­lamic State group. A to­tal of 261 leg­is­la­tors agreed to ex­tend mil­i­tary rule in a seven hour-long joint spe­cial ses­sion of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the Se­nate, ac­count­ing for more than two-thirds of Congress mem­ber­ship of more than 300. jamin Ne­tanyahu on Satur­day con­demned the at­tack.

Ra­mal­lah-based po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Mo­ham­mad Daragh­meh told Xin­hua that he be­lieves that ten­sions may con­tinue for a while.

“The peo­ple are united, and they feel their iden­tity is threat­ened by the ac­cu­mu­lat­ing Is­raeli mea­sures and in­ter­ven­tions in Al-Aqsa Mosque,” said Daragh­meh.

The Arab League re­peat­edly con­demned the Is­raeli prac­tices at Al-Aqsa Mosque as a bla­tant breach of the right of wor­ship and vi­o­la­tion of rel­e­vant in­ter­na­tional laws and UN res­o­lu­tions.

The re­cent Is­raeli mea­sures in­ten­si­fied the Pales­tinian-Is­raeli con­flict that has lasted for decades.

Is­rael is crit­i­cized by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity for the stalled peace process be­cause of its set­tle­ment ex­pan­sion pol­icy.

The Pales­tini­ans seek to es­tab­lish an in­de­pen­dent state with East Jerusalem as its cap­i­tal city in light of the UN-pro­posed two-state so­lu­tion.

AM­MAR AWAD / REUTERS

Pales­tini­ans re­act af­ter tear gas was shot by Is­raeli forces on a street out­side Jerusalem’s Old City on Fri­day.

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