Awami League Joint General Secretary and Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud has condemned the Israeli attack on the Palestinians in Jerusalem.
"I have prayed for the peace of Palestine," he said strongly denouncing the attacks, while exchanging greetings after attending a congregation of Eid prayers at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque on Friday.
The violence followed weeks of tension in Jerusalem during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, with clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters in and around Al-Aqsa Mosque, on the compound revered by Jews as Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.
These escalated in recent days ahead of a – now postponed - court hearing in a case that could end with Palestinian families evicted from East Jerusalem homes claimed by Jewish settlers.
According to the Gaza health ministry, 109 people, including 28 children and at least 11 women, have been killed and 580 others wounded since Israel's operation began on Monday – further straining hospitals already under heavy pressure during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The minister also prayed for the redemption of the world from the coronavirus pandemic.
"I pray to almighty Allah that coronavirus goes away from Bangladesh, as well as from the whole world," he said hoping the country's ongoing development under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will continue.