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Scores of Israelis storm Al-Aqsa complex in Jerusalem

January 2, 2022 at 12:38 pm

Jewish settlers visit Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site of Islam which is also revered by Jews as the Temple Mount, on June 8, 2021 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images]

Scores of Israeli settlers on Sunday forced their way into the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, according to a Palestinian agency, Anadolu Agency reported.

In a statement, the Jordan-run Islamic Waqf Department, which oversees holy sites in Jerusalem, said the settlers entered the complex through the Al-Mugharbah Gate under Israeli police protection.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the world’s third-holiest site for Muslims. Jews call the area the “Temple Mount,” claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Since 2003, Israel has allowed settlers into the compound almost daily.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. It annexed the entire city in 1980 in a move never recognised by the international community.

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