UN chief ‘shocked’ by violence of Israeli security forces at mosque: Spokesman

AFP , Thursday 6 Apr 2023

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was “shocked and appalled” by images he saw of Israeli security forces beating people at the Al-Aqsa mosque in the old city of Jerusalem, his spokesman said Wednesday

Israeli security forces remove Palestinian Muslim worshippers sitting onthe grounds of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, early on April 5, 2023 during Islam s holy month of Ramadan. AFP

Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Guterres viewed images of the “violence and beating” within the holy site, and found it more distressing because it came “at a time of a calendar which is holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims that should be a time for peace and nonviolence.”

“Places of worship should only be used for peaceful religious observances,” he added.

This article was originally published by Agence France-Presse (AFP).