World Bulletin/News Desk
Dozens of Jewish settlers on Tuesday stormed the Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem.
Around 40 settlers toured the compound while listening to lectures on the history of the so-called "Temple Mount," Mahmoud Abul Atta, coordinator of the Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage, said in press statements.
Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third holiest site, has recently been the target of repeated violations by Jewish settlers, distressing Palestinian Muslims.
Jewish settlers were backed by an Israeli police "rapid-intervention" force, which restricted the movement of Palestinian students at the site, said Abul Atta.
Abul Atta called on Palestinian Muslims to flock to the holy site to prevent a possible bid by Jewish fundamentalists to storm the site in line with recent threats to this effect by certain Israeli Rabbis.
The Knesset (Israel's parliament) had earlier called for opening the mosque compound to Jews on all Jewish holidays.
Jews refer to Al-Aqsa as the "Temple Mount," claiming the area had been the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.
Israeli police have stepped up preparations for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, he added, which will be celebrated on Wednesday, 18 September.Last Mod: 17 Eylül 2013, 17:08