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1,130 Israelis stormed Al-Aqsa in July: Palestine NGO

930 Jewish settlers, 200 Israeli security personnel forced way into flashpoint site in July, Palestinian NGO notes

03.08.2015
1,130 Israelis stormed Al-Aqsa in July: Palestine NGO

JERUSALEM

Some 1,130 Jewish settlers and Israeli security forces entered Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound last month, according to a Palestinian NGO that tracks the intrusions.

“Around 930 Jewish settlers and 200 Israeli security personnel forced their way into the mosque compound in July,” Jawad Siyam, head of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, told Anadolu Agency.

Over the same period, he added, the Israeli authorities banned 28 Palestinians – including six women – from entering the holy site for periods ranging from 15 to 180 days.

Also in July, Israeli police carried out sweeping arrest campaigns targeting Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem.

“About 130 Palestinians, including six women and 55 minors, were arrested last month in several districts of East Jerusalem,” said Siyam.

According to the NGO, the Israeli authorities demolished 11 structures in the city over the same period on claims they had been built without permits.

“In July, the Jerusalem and Beit El municipalities demolished 11 residential and commercial properties in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Beit Hanina, Silwan and Jabl al-Mukaber,” Siyam asserted.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the unified capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state in a move never recognized by the international community.

International law views East Jerusalem and the West Bank as “occupied territories,” deeming all Jewish settlement building on the land to be illegal.

Sacred to both Muslims and Jews, Jerusalem is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which for Muslims represents the world's third holiest site. Jews refer to the area as the “Temple Mount,” claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.

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