World Bulletin / News Desk
Scores of Israeli settlers stormed the Aqsa Mosque compound in the city of Al-Quds (East Jerusalem) on Tuesday in the latest violation of Islam's thirst holiest site.
According to the Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage, 166 Israeli settlers and university students stormed the compound early Tuesday morning.
"The intruders… stormed the Aqsa Mosque, accompanied by Israeli rabbis," the foundation said in a statement.
Mosque guard Naser Qoues said that Israeli police had denied access to the holy site to four Palestinian students.
"Israeli occupation forces distributed photos of the [Palestinian] students among police officers to prevent them from entering the compound," he said.
In recent weeks, groups of Jewish settlers – often accompanied by Israeli security forces – have repeatedly entered the Aqsa Mosque complex.
The frequent violations anger Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent clashes inside the mosque compound.
Tuesday's violation comes after the Knesset (Israel's parliament) debated proposed legislation, which, if passed, would "divide" the Aqsa compound between Muslims and Jews.
Jews refer to Al-Aqsa as the "Temple Mount," claiming the area was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.Last Mod: 19 Kasım 2013, 18:04