Saudi Arabia condemns "provocative actions" by Israeli official who "stormed" al-Aqsa compound - ministry

DUBAI, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia condemned “provocative actions” by an Israeli official who it said had “stormed” the al-Aqsa mosque compound on Tuesday, the country’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

“The foreign ministry expresses the condemnation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of the provocative action by an Israeli official who stormed the al-Aqsa mosque compound,” the statement said.

Israel’s new far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, who was not referred to by name in the Saudi statement, briefly visited the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on Tuesday, a site also revered by Jews. (Reporting by Alaa Swilam; Writing by Nadine Awadalla and Clauda Tanios; Editing by Jon Boyle)