PM Imran Khan condemns Israel’s aggression on Palestinians
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In a tweet, the prime minister said that such an attack on the worshippers during the month of Ramazan was a barbaric act by the Israeli forces.
His tweet reads, “Strongly condemn Israeli forces' attack especially during Ramazan on Palestinians in Qibla-e-Awaal, Al-Aqsa Mosque, violating all norms of humanity and International law. We reiterate support for the Palestinian people. The international community must take immediate action to protect Palestinians and their legitimate rights.”
Strongly condemn Israeli Forces' attack esp during Ramazan on Palestinians in Qibla-e-Awaal, Al-Aqsa Mosque, violating all norms of humanity & int law. We reiterate support for Palestinian ppl. Int community must take immed action to protect Palestinians & their legitimate rights— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 9, 2021
Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is on a four-day visit of Saudi Arabia, is in Makkah for performing Umrah.
Pope urges end to clashes in Jerusalem
After delivering his Regina Caeli prayer from the window overlooking St Peter's Square, the pope said he was "following with particular concern the events that are happening in Jerusalem".
"I pray so that this might be a place of encounter and not violent clashes, a place of prayer and of peace," he said.
"I invite everyone to seek shared resolutions so that the multi-religious identity and multi-culture of the holy city might be respected and so that fraternity might prevail. "Violence only generates violence. Let's stop these clashes."
The pope also offered his prayers for the victims of the attack on Saturday on a school in Kabul, describing it as "an inhumane action that killed many girls as they were leaving school".
"Let us pray for all of them and for their families, and that God might grant peace to Afghanistan," he said.
A series of blasts outside the school during a peak holiday shopping period killed more than 50 people, mostly girl students, and wounded over 100 in Dasht-e-Barchi, a west Kabul suburb populated mostly by Hazara Shiites.
Finally, the Argentine pontiff offered some words for a small crowd of people bearing Colombian flags who had come to St Peter's Square hoping for some reference to the demonstrations and clashes in their country.
"I would also like to express my concern for the tension and violent clashes in Colombia which have left many wounded. There are many Colombians here, let's pray for your country," he said.
In the fresh attack, the occupational forces of Israel injured more than 90 Palestinians. The latest violence has come on Islam’s holy night of Laylat al-Qadr, a day after Israeli police stormed Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque and injured 205 Palestinians.
According to media reports, dozens of Palestinians have been injured in Israeli police crackdown on protesters outside the Old City of Jerusalem as tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers prayed at the nearby Al-Aqsa Mosque on Islam’s holy night of Laylat al-Qadr.
At least 100 people were injured on Saturday, the Palestine Red Crescent said, a day after Israeli forces stormed Al-Aqsa and injured more than 200 Palestinians.
Tensions have mounted in the city, the occupied West Bank and Gaza throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.