World Bulletin / News Desk
Two dozen Jewish settlers backed by Israeli police stormed the Aqsa Mosque compound on Thursday in the city of Al-Quds (Jerusalem).
In a statement, the Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage reported that 30 Jewish settlers had stormed the compound through the Magharba Gate before touring the site.
According to the foundation, mosque guards and students eventually managed to evict the settlers from the compound.
The foundation added that the "provocative" tour by the Jewish settlers had aggravated tensions inside the mosque compound.
Hekmat Naamna, head of an NGO devoted to educating Palestinian youngsters, said that "such provocations will only rally people to defend the Aqsa Mosque."
In recent weeks, groups of Jewish settlers, often accompanied by Israeli security forces, have entered the Aqsa Mosque complex – considered Islam's third holiest site – on an almost daily basis.
The frequent violations distress Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent confrontations in the mosque compound.
Jews refer to Al-Aqsa as the "Temple Mount," claiming the area was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.