AMMAN, May 9 (Xinhua) -- King Abdullah II of Jordan on Sunday condemned the Israeli violations at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, while urging Israel to end the provocations which contradict international law and human rights.
During a phone call with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, King Abdullah expressed rejection of the Israeli authorities' attempts to alter the demographics in East Jerusalem and its historical and legal status quo, while underscoring the necessity for Israel to abide by international humanitarian law.
The king reaffirmed Jordan's ongoing efforts to safeguard Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, and the city's Arab and Islamic identity, according to a statement by the Royal Hashemite Court.
The king urged Israel to end its illegal measures to expel Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem, which violate the international humanitarian law, the statement said.
Reaffirming Jordan's firm stance toward the Palestinian cause and its full solidarity with the Palestinians in seeking just and legitimate rights, the Jordanian king emphasized that the two-state solution is the only way to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and achieve a just and lasting peace.
On Sunday, hundreds of Jordanians demonstrated near the Israeli embassy in Amman to denounce the Israeli violations of the rights of Palestinians in Jerusalem, while voicing solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Hundreds of Palestinians have been injured in the past days during clashes with Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem and other Palestinian territories.
The clashes were sparked by the Israeli restrictions on Palestinian Muslims in East Jerusalem during the holy month of Ramadan and the Israeli plan to evict some Palestinian families from a neighborhood in East Jerusalem. Enditem