Abdul Hadi Awang, the Malaysian prime minister's special envoy for Middle East affairs, strongly condemned the violent attack by the Israeli police on Muslims in the Al-Aqsa Mosque which resulted in more than 200 injuries among the worshipers.
Awang added in a statement on Saturday, “The Israeli Zionists committed atrocities by firing smoke and hand grenades and ruthlessly attacking Muslim worshipers with rubber bullets.
He also pointed out that the occupation police carried out large-scale arrests of worshipers in Al-Aqsa while they were performing the Qiyaam prayers during the last ten nights of the blessed month of Ramadan.
The prime minister’s envoy called on all Muslims to continue protesting in solidarity with the Jerusalemites, stressing that the Palestinian cause is not only a Muslim issue but a global humanitarian issue.
Awang appealed to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the League of Arab States, and the entire Islamic world to take firm measures and condemn the Israeli aggression.
Hundred-sixty-three people were injured in the violence on Friday evening and 83 were hospitalized, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent rescue service and the Ministry of Health. It said most were wounded in the face and eyes by rubber-coated bullets and shrapnel from stun grenades.
Since the beginning of the month of Ramadan, the city of Jerusalem has witnessed attacks by the Israeli police forces and settlers, especially in the "Bab al-Amud" and "Sheikh Jarrah" neighborhoods.