Abdullah Warns Israel over Temple Mount

'Any more provocations in Jerusalem will affect the relationship between Jordan and Israel,' says king, 'Jordan will have to take action.'

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Jordan's King Abdullah II warned Israel Monday following arrests of rioters on the Temple Mount, saying he was "very concerned and angered with the recent escalation's in Jerusalem, specifically in Al Aqsa Mosque.”

He issued the statement ahead of a meeting with visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron.

"We have gotten reassurances from the Israelis government that this would not happen. Unfortunately, these are reassurances we have heard in the past," Abdullah said. "Any more provocations in Jerusalem, will affect the relationship between Jordan and Israel; and Jordan will have no choice, but to take action, unfortunately."

"The Jordanian government condemns the assault carried out by special forces of the Israeli occupation army against the Al-Aqsa mosque compound," Information Minister Mohammed Momani said Sunday. Jordan accused Israel of "provocations" and "attempts to change the status quo" at Judaism's holiest site.

Earlier Sunday, masked Muslim rioters hurled rocks and fireworks at police on the Temple Mount, as well as firebombs near two entrances to the site. Jerusalem District Police and Border Police were forced to respond with riot dispersal measures.

Security forces have also issued distancing orders against members of the Islamist groups that routinely riot on the Mount.