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Published: 10:46, April 20, 2022 | Updated: 11:09, April 20, 2022
UAE summons Israeli envoy to protest events at Al-Aqsa Mosque
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Published:10:46, April 20, 2022 Updated:11:09, April 20, 2022 By Xinhua

Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, April 15, 2022. (MAHMOUD ILLEAN / AP)

DUBAI/JERUSALEM - Reem bint Ebrahim Al Hashimy, the United Arab Emirates minister of state for International Cooperation (MoFAIC), has summoned Amir Hayek, Israeli ambassador to the UAE, to "strongly protest and denounce the events taking place in Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque," according to a MoFAIC statement on Tuesday.

The UAE protested the "attacks on civilians and incursions into holy places that resulted in the injury of a number of civilians," the statement said.

The UAE is calling for a return to serious negotiations aimed at achieving a just and comprehensive peace and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital

Al Hashimy stressed the need to immediately stop these events, provide full protection for worshipers, respect the right of Palestinians to practice their religious rites, and halt any practices that violate the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque, it added.

The UAE is calling for a return to serious negotiations aimed at achieving a just and comprehensive peace and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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Humanitarian aid

Also, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz threatened to halt the humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip if rocket attacks from the Palestinian enclave continue.

He made the remarks after meeting a special Israeli commando unit in the occupied West Bank, a day after militants from Gaza fired a rocket towards southern Israel.

"If Hamas leaders decide to undermine stability, the moves we have made to develop Gaza's economy will be rolled back. We will not allow terrorists and provocateurs to harm the holy places," Gantz said in a statement.

The rocket fired on Monday night was intercepted by Israel's anti-rocket Iron Dome system. Israel's air force later launched airstrikes targeting a weapons manufacturing site belonging to Hamas, short for the Islamic Resistance Movement controlling the enclave.

READ MORE: Israel downs Gaza rocket, admonishes Jordan amid tension

The attack came amid recent tensions between Israel and the Palestinians in East Jerusalem, mainly around the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, where some 200 Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli police since Friday.

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