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Jordan warns against changing status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Jordan summoned the Israeli ambassador over Israeli violations at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, while Jordan’s Parliament called for his expulsion amid tension at the Muslim holy site.

A diplomatic crisis is brewing between Jordan and Israel over the latter’s violation of a long-standing status quo at the Haram al-Sharif compound, or what Israelis call the Temple Mount, in East Jerusalem.

Jordan’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Israeli ambassador in Amman, Amir Weissbrod, on Aug. 18 to protest recent Israeli incursions at Al-Aqsa Mosque in the compound. Jordan called for an immediate halt to Israeli violations, according to Foreign Ministry Secretary-General Zaid Lozi. It also warned against what it said were Israeli efforts to alter the status quo at the holy site.

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