World Bulletin / News Desk
Scores of Jewish settlers backed by Israeli security forces stormed the Aqsa Mosque compound in the city of Al-Quds (East Jerusalem) on Thursday.
"They stormed the compound under the protection of Israeli police," Mahmoud Abu Atta, spokesman for the Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage, based in the Arab city of Umm al-Fahm in Israel, told Anadolu Agency.
Roughly 100 Jewish settlers stormed the area through the Magharba Gate before performing religious rituals inside the compound.
"Israeli police have prevented young Palestinian students from entering the compound since morning," Mahmoud said. "Only old Palestinians have been allowed to enter the Aqsa Mosque."
Mosque guard Naser Qoues said a 24-year-old Palestinian student had been detained by Israeli security forces.
"A state of high tension prevails inside the Aqsa Mosque," he said.
Several Jewish extremist groups have appealed to their followers to break into the Aqsa compound on Thursday in large numbers to mark the arrival of the Jewish Hanukkah (Festival of Lights) holidays.
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: 28 Kasım 2013, 11:05