SHAFAQNA – Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Sebastia Atallah Hanna visited Wednesday morning the Jerusalemite youths who were injured over the past three days while trying to prevent Israeli settlers and forces’ break-ins into al-Aqsa mosque.
During a press conference held shortly after his visit to Makassed Hospital, Archbishop Hanna denounced Israeli escalated attacks on al-Aqsa Mosque and sit-inners.
He stressed the urgent need for a real action in defense of al-Aqsa Mosque and holy sites in the occupied city of Jerusalem.
Christians in occupied Jerusalem express total rejection of the Israeli escalation in the city against Muslims’ holy shrines, he said.
Israel’s escalation, according to him, could only strengthen “our steadfastness, determination, and rejection to its unfair practices”.
“We, as Christians, share the same pain and sorrow as our Muslim brothers in occupied Jerusalem”, he continued. “Al-Aqsa Mosque is the main issue for all the Palestinian people, Christians and Muslims.”
He concluded by hailing the heroic steadfastness of those who sacrificed their lives in defense of al-Aqsa Mosque.