World Bulletin / News Desk
Jewish settlers backed by Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the city of Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem) on Tuesday.
"Nineteen settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa compound through the Al-Mgharba Gate under the watch of Israeli police," mosque guard Othman Abu Ghyarbiyeh told Anadolu Agency.
"Four settlers tried to perform Talmudic rituals inside the compound, but Al-Aqsa guards stopped them from doing so," he added.
According to the Al-Aqsa Foundation for Religious Endowments and Heritage, Israeli police evacuated the settlers from the area amid fears of violence after Palestinian students stood up to them.
In recent months, groups of extremist Jewish settlers – often accompanied by Israeli security forces – have repeatedly entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex. The frequent violations anger Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent confrontations.
For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site.
Jews refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.
Israel occupied Al-Quds during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state.Last Mod: 07 Ocak 2014, 14:05