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Sri Lanka was among the 26 counties which abstained from voting on a resolution by the UNESCO which denounced Israeli violations in and around the al-Haram al-Sharif (also known as the Temple Mount) compound in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds.

Twenty-four countries, including Algeria, Brazil, China, Iran, Russia and South Africa, voted in favor of the UNESCO resolution on Thursday, while the six countries of the United States, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Lithuania and Estonia opposed it.

A total of 26 countries, including Albania, Argentina, France, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Spain and Sweden abstained from the vote. Serbia and Turkmenistan were absent.

The resolution strongly condemned "the escalating Israeli aggression and illegal measures and called on "Israel, the occupying power, to respect the historic status quo and to immediately stop these measures.”

It also criticized the “continuous storming of Haram al-Sharif by the Israeli right-wing extremists and uniformed forces.”

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.

The UNESCO resolution, which was submitted by the Palestinians supported by Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, raised Israeli officials' ire.

“The theater of the absurd continues with UNESCO and today the organization has made its most bizarre decision by saying the people of Israel have no connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented.

The occupied territories have already been the scene of increased tensions ever since Israeli forces imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds in August 2015.

Nearly 250 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since the beginning of last October. (Press TV)

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  • Ruwan Friday, 14 October 2016 03:08 PM

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    Alex Friday, 14 October 2016 03:32 PM

    Thanks SL for abstaining. Ideally, should have opposed the resolution. It is an allegation brought by Islamic block of nonsense countries in UN, which is the biggest voting block in UN. Why not UN condemn human rights violation in islamic countries.

    ON THE FENCE Friday, 14 October 2016 03:36 PM

    "The enemies you make by taking a decided stand generally have more respect for you than the friends you make by being on the fence” source unknown

    sss Saturday, 15 October 2016 08:44 AM

    which is good and forthright

    mnsmart Friday, 14 October 2016 01:57 PM

    why not oppose a wrongdoing, abstain is equal to accepting


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