Publish date23 Jun 2024 - 12:45
Story Code : 640160

Israeli settlers defile al-Aqsa Mosque under police protection

Groups of Israeli settlers have broken into al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem al-Quds in yet another desecration of the holy site under the police protection.
Israeli settlers defile al-Aqsa Mosque under police protection
Eyewitnesses reported that dozens of colonists entered the holy site in groups, conducted provocative tours throughout the compound, and performed Talmudic rituals.

During the incursion, Israeli police imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshippers to the mosque.
Additionally, Israeli police intensified the restrictions at the gates of the Old City, effectively turning the area into a military zone.

Al Aqsa Mosque is the world's third-holiest site for Muslims. 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 recognized by the international community.

Tensions have been running high across the West Bank since Israel launched a military offensive on the Gaza Strip after a cross-border attack by the Palestinian group Hamas last October.
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