Abbas vows legal action over al-Aqsa provocations

Published October 19th, 2014 - 10:56 GMT

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday legal measures would be taken to prevent extremist Zionist settlers from attacking Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, having said their attacks desecrate the holy site.

Abbas' statement follows a recent spate of clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli police, which erupted when Israeli extremists broke into al-Aqsa to celebrate Jewish holidays, were they claim the compound sits.

Muslims fear Israeli settlers' presence on Al-Aqsa is aimed at usurping the site, proven by Israel constructing the reclaimed compound temple underneath the Aqsa Mosque, and the continuous attacks on the mosque.

"The Palestinian leadership will be taking the necessary legal measures, at the international level, regarding the aggression of settlers on the Al-Aqsa mosque," Abbas said in a speech to the Revolutionary Council of the PLO.

"We will not allow settlers to attack the mosque," he added, referring to the entire compound, which is the third holiest site in Islam.

The site is the scene of frequent tensions and also houses the Dome of the Rock, an Islamic shrine.

It is revered by Jews, who call it the Temple Mount, as the location of the biblical Jewish temples and considered Judaism's holiest place.

On Friday, Abbas had pledged to bar settlers from entering the al-Aqsa compound by any means.

"They have no right to enter it and desecrate it," he said of the extremist Israeli settler attacks.

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