Jerusalem, July 16 (BNA): President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the closure of the holy Al Aqsa Mosque and contacted Jordan, the official custodian over the Muslim holy places in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, urging it to intervene with Israel to reopen it.
Jordanian government spokesman Mohammad Moumani criticized the unprecedented closure of the mosque and demanded that Israel reopen it. Similar calls were made by Arab and Muslim officials around the world.
However, Israel remained adamant about closing the mosque compound for Muslim and said that it will reopen it on Sunday. Fanatic Jewish groups have called on their government to use this opportunity to take control of the mosque and turn it in a Jewish temple, the Palestinian Info and News Agency (WAFA) reported.