Middle East

Dozens of Israeli settlers break into Al-Aqsa complex

Israeli settlers regularly storm the site under police protection

Abdelraouf Arna'out   | 08.02.2021
Dozens of Israeli settlers break into Al-Aqsa complex File Photo

JERUSALEM

Dozens of Israeli settlers on Monday stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied East Jerusalem, according to an official statement.

The Jerusalem Islamic Waqf (religious endowments) said that 47 settlers backed by police forced their way into the site this morning through Al-Mugharbah gate.

The agency expected more settlers to converge on the complex later in the day.

On Sunday, 106 Israeli settlers broke into the holy site under police protection.

Israeli authorities allow settler incursions to the compound since 2003, despite repeated objections and warnings by the Palestinian religious authorities as the visits provoke worshippers of the mosque.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the world's third-holiest site for Muslims. Jews call the area the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. It annexed the entire city in 1980 in a move never recognized by the international community.


Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

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