World Bulletin/News Desk
A senior Palestinian official on Monday warned against a "systematic" Israeli plan to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound between Muslims and Jews.
"Israel breaks into the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex on an almost daily basis now with the aim of making it a daily routine," Ahmed Qurei, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee, said at a press conference at his office in Abu Dis, eastern Al-Quds.
He said Israelis had started entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound since late Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon stormed it in 2000.
Qurei added that Israel would seek to divide the holy site as it did the Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil (Hebron).
"But this is unacceptable to us," he said.
Earlier Monday, around 32 Jewish settlers broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, according to Azzam al-Khatib, director-general of Islamic endowments and Al-Aqsa affairs.
"More settlers stormed the mosque later under Israeli police protection," al-Khatib told Anadolu Agency.
AA could not immediately obtain comments from the Israeli authorities on the event.
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.
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