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Israeli forces attack, expel Palestinian worshippers from Al-Aqsa Mosque

October 3, 2023 at 4:21 pm

Fanatical Jewish settlers raid Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot in Old City of Jerusalem on 01 October 2023 [Jerusalem Islamic Waqf – Anadolu Agency]

Israeli occupation forces today attacked Palestinian journalists and forced Muslim worshippers out of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, reported Wafa news agency.

Under the pretext of disturbing the settlers who stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform Talmudic rituals and prayers to mark the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, Palestinian worshippers were assaulted and forcibly removed by the Israeli occupation soldiers.

Sukkot is a week-long holiday, which started on 29 September and continues until 6 October, ending a season of Jewish holidays that started by observing the Rosh Hashanah (New Year) holiday on 15 September.

Palestinians accuse Israel of systematically working to Judaise East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, and obliterate its Arab and Islamic identity.

The attacks imposed on Palestinians at the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex come after a statement released by the Islamic Waqf (Religious Endowment) Department, stating that Israeli forces closed the Al-Mughrabi Gate, southwest of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, “after allowing 602 Jewish extremists” into the site.

Israeli forces began allowing the settler incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in 2003, despite repeated condemnations from Palestinians.

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.

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

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