Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday, announced that the Palestinian leadership will freeze all contacts with Israel “on all levels” with regard to tensions over the Al-Aqsa mosque.
He made the announcement during a meeting to discuss the growing escalation over the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The announcement came as the deputy leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel claimed that Israel uses chemicals to clandestinely harm the infrastructure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Sheikh Kamal Khatib said that Israel has been injecting chemical substances into the walls of the mosque in order to cause its corrosion.
He explained that the substances that the zionist regime was using have a delayed effect, enabling Israel to claim that the cracks and fissures in the mosque structure are naturally caused by the passage of time.
Palestinians have clashed with Israeli security forces outside the mosque for days, killing three Palestinians while dozens others were hospitalised for multiple injuries.
The demonstrations were held to protest against the installation of metal detectors at the holy mosque.