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Dozens of Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa complex in Jerusalem

106 settlers break into flashpoint site under police protection, says Palestinian agency

Abdelraouf Arnaout   | 04.08.2021
Dozens of Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa complex in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM

Dozens of Israeli settlers on Wednesday forced their way into the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in occupied East Jerusalem, according to a Palestinian agency.

The Islamic Endowment Department in Jerusalem said in a statement that 106 settlers guarded by Israeli police broke into the flashpoint site.

Usually, Israeli settlers storm the complex every day in the morning and afternoon through its Al-Mughrabi Gate, southwest of the mosque.

Israeli police began allowing the settler incursions in 2003, despite repeated condemnations from the Islamic Endowment Department.

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, a move never recognized by the international community.

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