Arab League condemns Israel's opening of new tunnel in East Jerusalem

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-01 19:43:31|Editor: Wu Qin
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CAIRO, July 1 (Xinhua) -- The Arab League (AL) condemned in strongest terms Israel's opening of a new tunnel running under a Palestinian village in East Jerusalem during an archaeological event organized by an Israeli settler-linked group, the AL said in a statement on Monday.

AL Assistant Secretary General Saeed Abu Ali warned against "the repercussions of Israel's continued digging operations in the occupied Jerusalem."

He added the Israeli settlement practices represent a flagrant violation of the international law.

The Al's statement stressed "rejection for any Israeli attempts to change the identity of the old city of the occupied Jerusalem."

White House adviser Jason Greenblatt and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman attended the event marking the completion of an archaeological project in East Jerusalem.

The project unveiled part of an ancient road, now underground, that the settler group says served as a pilgrimage route to the second Jewish temple in Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago.

Work has taken place in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in the eastern sector of the disputed city.