(RNS) — Israeli police broke locks and cut the electric lines to the loudspeakers at four minarets in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque Tuesday (April 13), silencing evening calls to prayer the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which coincided with the Israeli national remembrance for its fallen soldiers at the nearby Western Wall.

Ayman Safadi, Jordan’s minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, deplored the disruptions, which are violations of agreements about the shared use of the site, revered by Jews as the location of the ancient second Jewish temple and by Muslims as the place the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.

Safadi said that the provocations “included breaking the locks of the mosque’s doors, namely the door of the Chain Gate and the

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