Jordan urges Israel to remove Aqsa surveillance cameras
Israeli riot police walk towards stone-throwers as pass the Dome of the Rock mosque following Friday prayers. [Getty Images]
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Jordan on Tuesday denounced the Israeli occupation authorities' installation of surveillance cameras inside Al Aqsa Mosque with the aim of monitoring awqaf officials and worshippers.
Government Spokesperson Mohammad Momani stressed the Kingdom's rejection of the presence of an Israeli police unit inside Al Aqsa Mosque, calling on the Israeli authorities to remove all forms of military presence inside Al Aqsa Mosque complex — known to Muslims as Al Haram Al Sharif.
"Jordan rejects Israel's installation of surveillance cameras on December 8 to monitor waqf officials and worshippers, particularly women," Information Minister Mohammad Momani told state news agency Petra.
"Jordan does not accept that Israel has set up a police station inside the compound. It is a flagrant military violation of the freedom of worshippers as well as an interference in the affairs of the Jordanian Islamic waqf" (Islamic endowment).
Momani also called on Israel to ban the "military tourism" activities launched last year, saying that such provocative policies are in violation of international conventions and pose a threat to peace efforts.
"Israel should not ignore Jordan's diplomatic efforts to stop violation of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound," Momani said.
"Jordan will not stop efforts to prevent Israel from imposing a new status quo in Jerusalem."
Jordan's ambassador in Tel Aviv has informed the Israeli government about Jordan's rejection of such unilateral measures, Momani said.
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