Israel has closed a contested Muslim-Jewish holy site in Jerusalem following the shooting of a Jewish ultranationalist. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the move as a “declaration of war.”
“We hold the Israeli government responsible for the dangerous escalation in the occupied city of Jerusalem, which reached a peak with the closure of al-Aqsa Mosque this morning,” a spokesman for Abbas, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, said on Thursday.
He added that the Palestinian Authority was considering taking legal action and that the closure was “tantamount to a declaration of war” on the Palestinian people, warning it could fuel “more tension and instability.”
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