Thursday, January 20

Arab League says Israel ‘playing with fire’ at holy site

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CAIRO: The Arab League yesterday accused Israel of ‘playing with fire’ with new security measures at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site.

“Jerusalem is a red line,” its chief Ahmed Abul Gheit said in a statement, adding that “no Arab or Muslim will accept violations” against the city’s holy sites.

Deadly clashes have rocked Jerusalem since Israeli authorities installed metal detectors at entrances to the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, following on July 14 attack that killed two policemen.

Palestinians view the measure as an Israeli attempt to assert further control over the site, the third most holy place in Islam and the most revered site in Judaism.

Abul Gheit accused Israel’s government of ‘adventurism’ and said its moves could trigger a “crisis with the Arab and Muslim world”. — AFP