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Kuwait condemns Israel's flagrant desecration of Al-Aqsa mosque

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(New York-AlummahWorld, Safar 03, 1436, 25 Nov 2014) The State of Kuwait has condemned blatant violation of Al-Aqsa mosque's sanctity by Israeli troops and Jewish settlers and preventing Palestinians from entering the holy site, Kuwait News Agency reported.

The official Kuwaiti stance was expressed by Ambassador Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi, the State Permanent Delegate at the United Nations, while addressing a UN General Assembly's session, devoted for discussing the Palestinian cause.

The Kuwaiti envoy affirmed necessity of discussing this significant topic, in shadow of continuing Israel's flagrant desecration of the mosque sacred status and Israelis' ongoing illegal provocative actions in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem. Such actions signal Tel Aviv's schemes to solidify occupation and continue to repress the Palestinian people, Ambassador Al-Otaibi stated.

He called on the international community, namely the UN Security Council, to shoulder necessary responsibilities in this respect, seek to halt daily Israeli offensives on the holy mosque, also noting that the recurring breaches have coincideed with entry of radical Jewish activists into the compound, under protection of the Israeli police.

Kuwait, in this respect, affirms legitimacy of the Palestinian people's inalienable rights, namely the right to establish an independent state with the June 4, 1967 border line and East Jerusalem as its capital, Ambassador Al-Otaibi stressed.

Al-Otaibi urged for releasing, immediately, all Palestinian prisoners and detainees, particularly the sick and children, held by Israel, including those who had been detained before signing the peace Oslo accords in early 90s. Pressure should be exerted on Israel to treat the inmates as prisoners of war, according to the Geneva conventions, relevant international laws and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as a preliminary step toward their freedom, he emphasized.

In line with the State of Kuwait's previous warnings against repercussions of the current conditions in the occupied territories on peace prospects, Ambassador Al-Otaibi renewed the call upon the world to pressure Israel stop hostile acts, all settlement activities, recurring breaches of Al-Aqsa mosque, abstain from acts intended to alter demographic and geographic status of Jerusalem, lift, without conditions, the illegal siege on Gaza, and abide by UN resolutions that ensure Israel's pullout from all occupied territories.

The discussion of this issue at the UNGA coincides with the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people and the second anniversary of the UNGA's historic resolution accepting Palestine as a non-member observer at the UN.
In conclusion, he expressed gratitude to the international organization and its agencies for supporting the Palestinians' rights and legitimate aspirations.