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Illegal Israeli settlers storm Jerusalem Al-Aqsa complex amid tension

April 18, 2024 at 3:45 pm

Fanatical Jewish settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque on 4th day of Sukkot holiday in Old City of Jerusalem on October 03, 2023 [Jerusalem Islamic Waqf – Anadolu Agency]

Scores of illegal Israeli settlers forced their way on Thursday into the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in Occupied East Jerusalem, Anadolu Agency reports.

Around 225 illegal settlers entered the site through Al-Mughrabi Gate, west of the Mosque, under police protection, the state news agency, Wafa, reported.

The illegal settler incursion came amid rising tensions across the Occupied West Bank as Israel continued its brutal offensive on the Gaza Strip, which killed nearly 34,000 people since last October following a Hamas attack.

Israeli police forces stepped up their presence and imposed several restrictions on movement across Jerusalem’s Old City and around the Mosque, Wafa said.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents Islam’s third-holiest site. Jews call the area the Temple Mount, saying 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 in a move never recognised by the international community.

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