Around 75 extremist Jewish settlers led by radical rabbi Yehuda Glick on Sunday stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under the protection of the Israeli police, a Palestinian guard of the holy complex said.
AL-QUDS – Around 75 extremist Jewish settlers led by radical rabbi Yehuda Glick on Sunday stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under the protection of the Israeli police, a Palestinian guard of the holy complex said.
“The settlers stormed the complex through Al-Magharbeh Gate, passing through the Qibali and Marawani mosques, as well as Al-Rahmeh and Qatanin gates," guard Naser Qous told Anadolu Agency.
“Scuffles between the [Jewish] extremists and Palestinian students took place during the storming,” he added, noting that the setters later left through Al-Rahmeh Gate.
Qous said that Glick, chairman of the so-called Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, shouted "racist chants" against Muslims as he told the Israeli police: "Keep these vandals away!" which lad to scuffles between the settlers and the Muslim worshippers inside the holy compound.
The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage, in a statement, denounced the intrusion, saying such acts constitute "a violation of Al-Aqsa Mosque complex that aims to intimidate and scare the Palestinians.”
“The Israeli police also tightened its security procedures on Muslim students within Al-Aqsa Mosque complex,” the foundation, which seeks to safeguard the iconic mosque from Israeli violations, said in its statement.
In recent months, groups of extremist Jewish settlers – often accompanied by Israeli security forces – have repeatedly entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex. The frequent violations anger Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent confrontations.
For Muslims, Al-Aqsa 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.
Israel occupied Al-Quds during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state.
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