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A Palestinian group has warned of an Israeli plan to build a road leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem) to facilitate access by military vehicles.
"The plan is part of an Israeli scheme to Judaize the Al-Magharba foothills," the Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said in a statement on Tuesday.
According to the foundation, Israeli authorities are building a bridge near the mosque's Al-Magharba Gate to make the area more accessible to military vehicles and personnel.
"The bridge will allow thousands of soldiers to storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque," the foundation said.
There was no Israeli comment on the claims.
In recent months, groups of extremist Jewish settlers – often accompanied by Israeli security forces – have stepped up their intrusions into the Al-Aqsa complex, which represents the world's third holiest site for Muslims.
The frequent violations anger Palestinians 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 the Palestinian city of Al-Quds during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the new self-proclaimed Jewish state.
70 Jewish settlers storm Al-Aqsa complex
Around 70 Jewish settlers backed by Israeli army troops on Tuesday stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem), a Palestinian guard at the holy site said.
"Since the morning, 70 settlers have stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in two groups," Othman Abu Gharbiyeh told Anadolu Agency.
"Rabbis accompanied the settlers on their tour through the site and gave a presentation on the so-called 'Temple Mount'," he said. "Palestinian religious students, meanwhile, were on high alert against the intrusions."Last Mod: 09 Nisan 2014, 09:46