Sheikh Abdul-Azim Salhab, head of the Muslim Waqf (Endowment) Council in Jerusalem, capital of Israel according to UN, has warned that Israel's order to close a gate of the Al-Aqsa Mosque might ignite "a religious war" in the region, IANS reported.
According to the report, Salhab on Tuesday (July 14) told the Voice of Palestine radio that the council received this week an Israeli court's verdict that orders the closure of the Bab al-Rahma gate of Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem.
"Such an Israeli action is an attempt to control Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, and this action may ignite a religious war in the region," said Salhab, who stressed that his council rejects "the illegal Israeli court's verdict."
"We affirm that no power can close Bab a-Rahma, we warn against attacking the worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque because it will be a serious issue and will ignite a religious war in the region," Salhab said.
He noted that Al-Aqsa Mosque and all its yards are Islamic and all Muslims have the right to pray in every part of it free from interference by Israeli decisions and Israeli courts' verdicts.
In Gaza, the Islamic Hamas movement said, the closure of the Bab al-Rahma gate of Al-Aqsa Mosque "is a stupid decision that aims at stealing the Muslim gate and turns it into a synagogue."
Hamas called on the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to move as fast as possible, to stop the Israeli threat to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.