Hezbollah head says change to Al Aqsa status quo could explode the region

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FILE PHOTO: Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters through a screen during a rally commemorating the annual Hezbollah Martyrs' Day in Beirut's southern suburbs, Lebanon November 11, 2022. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The leader of Lebanon’s powerful armed Hezbollah movement, Hassan Nasrallah, said that any infringement of the decades-long status quo at the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem could lead to an explosion in the region, not just inside Palestinian territories.

Nasrallah’s comments followed a visit to the site revered by Muslims, but also Jews, earlier in the day by Israel’s new far-right national security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir.

In an apparent effort to calm anger over the visit, an official in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the premier was fully committed to the status quo that allows only Muslim worship at the site.

Reporting by Laila Bassam; Editing by Alex Richardson

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