Iran says the Israeli regime, through its impudent actions, has caused the groundwork for the Third Palestinian Intifada (uprising) to be laid.
“The Zionist regime [of Israel]’s impudent actions of continuing settlement construction in Palestinian lands and Judaization of the al-Aqsa Mosque have caused the groundwork for the third Intifada to be laid,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Tuesday.
“What is going on in this region is the reaction of the people of Palestine to the Zionist regime’s daily encroachments,” he noted.
A total of 6,200 Palestinians died during the First Intifada between 1987 and 1993 and the second one in 2000s, both fiercely confronted by Israel.
Over the past decades, Israel has tried to change the demographic makeup of al-Quds by constructing illegal settlements, destroying historical sites and expelling the local Palestinian population.
The al-Aqsa Mosque compound has been the scene of clashes between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli settlers and troops.
The clashes erupted last month after Tel Aviv closed all gates to the compound to Palestinian men under the age of 50, following an attempt on the life of Israeli right-wing activist Yehuda Glick.
The al-Aqsa compound, which lies in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds, is a flashpoint holy site in Islam.
The location of the compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is the holiest site in Judaism. The mosque is Islam’s third-holiest mosque after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.