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Jordan protests against Jewish settlers’ raid of Al-Aqsa Mosque

July 23, 2018 at 11:02 am

A group of Jewish settlers storm into the Al-Aqsa compound, while accompanied by policemen in Jerusalem on 18 July 2018 [Masjid al-Aqsa Foundation/Anadolu Agency]

Jordan on Saturday sent the Israeli government a note protesting the constant settler raids of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Quds Press reported.

In a statement, Jordanian Government spokeswoman Jumana Ghunaimat said the embassy in Tel Aviv had sent a formal note to the Israeli foreign ministry over settlers’ raids of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

“Such condemned and rejected practices violate the sanctity of this holy site and provoke the sentiments of worshippers and Muslims all over the world,” she said in the statement.

Ghunaimat said the Israeli practices at Al-Aqsa “were in violation of Israel’s obligations as an occupying power under international law” and called for Israel to “immediately” stop these practices.

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On Saturday, more than 1,000 extremist Israeli settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque under heavy protection by the occupation’s military police. Some of them performed Jewish rituals in the sacred Islamic site.

Many of the settlers damaged Palestinian shops and shopkeepers in Al-Qataneen Market leading to one of the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Over a thousand of settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under armed security by the Israeli police again yesterday morning to commemorate the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av.

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