World Bulletin/News Desk
Supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi on Thursday called for a fresh week of protests in Egypt starting Friday to support occupied East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque.
"We strongly support international calls to support the Al-Aqsa," the pro-Morsi National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy said in a statement.
"We're calling for a fresh week of revolutionary protest," the alliance added, to be held under the banner, "Make Al-Aqsa Victorious."
The alliance, made up of different parties and pro-democracy groups, also called on Egyptian university students to maintain their ongoing opposition activities against Egypt's authorities on university campuses.
It urged students to maintain their struggle against what it described as the state's "terror machine."
Violent clashes erupted in a number of Palestinian cities on Wednesday between Palestinians and Israeli troops after Israeli authorities barred Palestinians under 50 years old from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, meanwhile, from which ousted president Morsi hails, called on Arabs and Muslims worldwide to stage Friday protests in support of the iconic mosque.
In a statement, the Brotherhood asserted that Muslims and Arabs needed to take part in Friday's protests to help liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from "Zionists" and their "collaborators."
On October 8, the International Union for Muslim Scholars called for forming an Islamic-Arab alliance to counter "Zionist" violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and help the Palestinians obtain their rights.
The union also called for organizing international activities with a view to supporting the Palestinian cause.
For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.
Since the 1950s, Muslim and Christian religious sites in occupied Jerusalem's Old City have been administered by neighboring Jordan.
A 1994 peace treaty between Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom recognized the latter's special supervisory role over the historical city's holy sites.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Ekim 2014, 16:48