Reactions have poured in from around the world after days of unrest in Jerusalem, where hundreds were wounded and dozens arrested on Monday after Israeli forces raided Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
Responding to the crackdown, Hamas, the group that controls Gaza Strip, issued an ultimatum to Israel, saying it had until 6pm to withdraw its forces from Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged in phone calls to Palestinian leaders to mobilise the world to stop Israeli “terror.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif blamed Israel for stealing “people’s land & homes” and creating “an Apartheid regime”.
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement it “firmly” condemned “the new incursion of Israeli forces into Al-Aqsa Mosque”.
Saudi Arabia said the actions have caused concern in the Muslim world as the site is one of the most holy sites in Islam.
Saudi Arabia urged the international community to hold Israel accountable for the escalation of the events and calls for the immediate cessation of any exacerbation violating the international pacts and treaties.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Israel to “cease demolitions and evictions, in line with its obligations under international humanitarian and international human rights law”.