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Jordan warns Israel of ‘serious consequences’ for Temple Mount clashes

( Several hours after Jews and Arabs clashed Sunday, April 24 on the Temple Mount, Jordan accused Israel of breaching the delicate status quo in the area. Jordanian Media Affairs Minister Mohammad al-Momani released a statement slamming the “Israeli settlers and police” for storming the “Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount).” Al-Momani said Israel’s actions at the site were “a violation of international laws and conventions” and could lead to “serious consequences.” Al-Momani was apparently referring to several incidents on Sunday in which Jews tried to pray at the site or acted inappropriately. Under the 1994 Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty, Jordan administers the Muslim sites on the Temple Mount through the Islamic Waqf religious trust. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly stated that Israel has no intention of changing the status quo on the Temple Mount, in which Jews are allowed to visit the compound but are banned from praying there or entering Al-Aqsa.

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