World Bulletin / News Desk
A group of extremist Jewish settlers backed by Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem on Wednesday, a Palestinian mosque guard has said.
"At least 25 [Jewish] settlers led by extremist rabbi Yehuda Glick stormed the site through the Al-Magharbeh Gate and conducted a tour of the compound's courtyards," the guard, who asked not to be named, told Anadolu Agency.
During the tour, Glick gave the settlers a presentation about the so-called "Temple Mount" before leaving the site, the guard added.
Glick is the chairman of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, which calls for construction of a "third" Jewish temple on the area on which the Al-Aqsa Mosque now stands.
Muslims consider Al-Aqsa the world's third holiest site.
Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.
In recent months, groups of extremist Jewish settlers, often accompanied by Israeli security forces, have repeatedly forced their way into the Al-Aqsa complex. The frequent violations anger Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent confrontations.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War. In 1980, it unilaterally annexed the area and claimed Jerusalem as its "unified capital" in a move never recognized by the international community.
According to the Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage, a Palestinian NGO, a total of 6311 Israelis have forcibly entered the Al-Aqsa compound from January 1 of this year until June 2.Last Mod: 11 Haziran 2014, 16:10