SHAFAQNA -Â Iranâ€™s Foreign Ministry in a statement slammed Israelâ€™s atrocity in the 1969 burning of al-Aqsa Mosque in Palestine, calling for â€œpractical and decisiveâ€ action by all Muslims in support of the holy site.
In the statement released on Friday, the Foreign Ministry said Israelâ€™s heinous crimes and aggressive nature are etched in the memory of Muslims 47 years after an arson attack damaged parts of al-Aqsa Mosque.
It also decried the Tel Aviv regime for its attempts to clear al-Quds, the focal point of unity of the monotheistic religions, of the Islamic symbols since the beginning of occupation of the Palestinian city.
The statement further reaffirmed Iranâ€™s strong backing for the Palestinian nation and cause, stressing that Muslim solidarity and the companionship of the worldâ€™s freedom-seekers will foil Israelâ€™s plots to ruin the holy mosque of Al-Aqsa.
The fateful fire on Al-Aqsa, Islamâ€™s third holiest site, took place on August 21, 1969, by a settler named Denis Michael Rohan, who believed that burning the mosque would pave the way for re-building the Jewish Temple on Temple Mount.
The fire gutted the southeastern wing of the mosque and destroyed the 1000-year old Saladinâ€™s Minbar or platform, considered a unique masterpiece and one of its kind in the world.
August 21 is named the World Mosque Day in remembrance of the event.