World Bulletin / News Desk
Dozens of Jewish settlers backed by Israeli police on Tuesday stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in occupied East Jerusalem, a Palestinian compound guard has said.
"Around 150 settlers stormed the holy site and tried to perform Talmudic rituals on the occasion of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot," mosque guard Naser Qous told Anadolu Agency.
The development came as Israeli authorities restricted Palestinians from entering the site for the second day in a row.
"Since the early hours of the morning, Israeli police have closed all Al-Aqsa complex gates, except the Al-Magharbeh and Al-Silsila gates where police helped settlers enter the site," compound director Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani told AA.
A state of tension now prevails in the area, where more settlers are expected to arrive, he said.
For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents 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.
Israel occupied the eastern half of Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War. In 1980, it unilaterally annexed the area – which it claimed as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state – in a move never recognized by the international community.Last Mod: 03 Haziran 2014, 13:56