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Pakistan condemns Israeli raid on Al-Aqsa mosque

Condemning the highly deplorable actions of Israeli forces during the raid on Al-Aqsa mosque, Pakistan on Friday termed “the assault on peaceful worshippers” during the month of Ramazan as an “egregious violation of all humanitarian norms and human rights laws.”

According to a Foreign Office statement, Pakistan has expressed its grave concern over the latest developments in various parts of the occupied Palestinian territories.

The statement added reports of Israeli forces’ raid on Al-Aqsa Mosque indicated that at least 152 persons were injured and more than 300 Palestinians detained.

“This highly condemnable assault on worshippers, especially during the holy month of Ramazan, is an egregious violation of all humanitarian norms and human rights laws,” it read, highlighting that in recent weeks, Israeli forces have killed dozens and injured countless Palestinians in the occupied East Jerusalem and other areas.

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“This escalation of violence by Israeli forces in the Palestinian territories is deplorable,” the FO statement further added. “We pray for the earliest recovery of those injured. Pakistan also calls upon the international community to take urgent steps to protect innocent Palestinian lives, and uphold international law and principles of the UN Charter.”

The FO concluded that Pakistan reaffirms its consistent and unstinted support for the Palestinian cause. “We support the Palestinian people for the realisation of their right to self-determination and other fundamental rights as well as a two-State solution, in accordance with relevant UN and OIC resolutions, with the pre-1967 borders and Al Quds Al Sharif as the capital of a viable, independent and contiguous Palestinian State.”

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