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Pictures| Thousands protest at Al-Aqsa Mosque against Macron’s comments

Israeli forces chased the protesters and arrested one of them as well as a journalist.

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Thousands of Palestinians took part in a rally on Friday at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to protest againts French President Emmanuel Macron offensive comments on Islam and Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

The protests held after the Friday Prayer outside the Dome of the Rock in Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, Islam’s third holiest site, in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The Palestinians were holding banners and slogans during the protest defending the Prophet Mohammed and calling for a boycott of French products. They were chanting “Mohammed, your nation will not give in.”

During his sermon, Preacher at Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Ekrima Sabri condemned the republication of cartoons insulting the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), as well as Macron’s statements, stating that “The French president has declared his hostility towards Muslims around the world.”

However, Israeli occupation forces prevented the Palestinians from the occupied West Bank from reaching Al-Aqsa Mosque, impeding them from performing Friday prayer.

Following the protests, eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency that Israeli occupation forces chased the worshippers and arrested one of them, in addition to a cameraman.

Lately, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that French President Emmanuel Macron needs “mental treatment” because of his hostility towards Islam.

“What is Macron’s problem with Islam and Muslims? He needs mental health treatment,” Erdogan said at the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) congress in central Kayseri province.

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