Palestinians warn of settlers' attempt to storm Aqsa Mosque

By Alaa Rimawi, Monday, March 31, 2014

AL-QUDS – The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage has warned of an attempt by Jewish settlers to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem) on Monday.

Foundation spokesman Mahmoud Abu Ata said that a right-wing Jewish group plans a march to Al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday.

"They will call for building their alleged temple," he said.

In recent months, groups of extremist Jewish settlers, often accompanied by Israeli security forces, have stepped up their intrusions into mosque complex, which is home to the world's third holiest site for Muslims.

The frequent violations anger Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent confrontations.

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.

Palestinians, for their part, want Al-Quds for the capital of their future state.

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