Jerusalem Waqt Head says Israel’s closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque’s Eastern Gate may kindle “religious war”

The Israeli court has issued a verdict that orders the closure of the Bab al-Rahma gate, of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem.

Sheikh Abdul-Azim Salhab, head of the Muslim Waqf (Endowment) Council in Jerusalem, warned, Israel’s order to close a gate of the Al-Aqsa Mosque may ignite “a religious war” in the region and iterated that his council rejects “the illegal Israeli court’s verdict”.

Sheikh Abdul-Azim Salhab said, “Such an Israeli action is an attempt to control the Al-Aqsa Mosque and this action may ignite a religious war in the region.”

Sheikh Abdul-Azim Salhab said, “We affirm that no power can close Bab a-Rahma, we warn against attacking the worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque because it will be a serious issue and will ignite a religious war in the region.”

In Gaza, the Islamic Hamas movement said, the closure of the Bab al-Rahma gate of Al-Aqsa Mosque “is a stupid decision that aims at stealing the Muslim gate and turn it into a synagogue”. The Bab al-Rahma gate is the eastern gate that directly leads to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is a holy site for Muslims around the world. On the part of the Jews, the area is referred to as the “Temple Mount,” which in ancient times was the site of two Jewish temples.

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