Thousands attend protest in Istanbul against Israel's security measures at Al-Aqsa mosque

Thousands attend protest in Istanbul against security measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Many waved Palestinian and Turkish flags at the protest

Monday, July 31, 2017

Thousands of people protested in Istanbul on Saturday (July 29) against security measures imposed by Israel at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The rally was organised by Turkey’s Islamist Saadet Party in Yenikapi Square and was called The Big Jerusalem Meeting, according to The New Arab.

More than 5,000 people attended and waved Palestinian and Turkish flags. There was also a large sign on the front of a stage which has been set up which said "the Al-Aqsa Mosque is our honour."

Slogans such as "Istanbul and Jerusalem are arm-in-arm" were also chanted at the protest.

Many have been angered by the security measures imposed at the mosque which were implemented due to two Israel policemen being killed by Palestinians at the compound.

The security equipment has now been taken down, but last week the President of Turkey said this wasn't enough and also warned he thinks Israel is trying to destroy the Islamic character of Jerusalem.

Temel Karamollaoglu, the party chairman of the Saadet Party said: "You should know that not only Gaza, but Tel Aviv also has their eyes on this parade ground. Netanyahu does as well, and he is scared."

However, no senior government officials attended the protest.