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Israeli settlers break into Al-Aqsa mosque

Ramallah, May 28 (Prensa Latina) Dozens of Israeli settlers under police protection forced their way into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem today.

The individuals entered in groups to the compound using the Moroccan Gate and carried out rituals there under the care of Israeli military forces, local reports informed.

Dozens of settlers stormed the holy compound, conducted provocative tours in its courtyards and carried out rituals in the Bab Al-Rahma area, east of the mosque, the Jerusalem Islamic Endowments department said.

Due to this event, the occupation police placed restrictions on the entry of worshippers to Al-Aqsa, checking their identities and detaining some of them at the external gates.

In front of this scenario, people in Jerusalem warned about the dangers of the practices of the regime and its settlers and Judaization schemes.

Israeli authorities have allowed settlers to enter the compound almost daily since 2003, except on Fridays, the Muslim day of rest and worship, according to Wafa news agency.

The presence of settlers in the Al-Aqsa holy site was described as provocative by the Islamic Department of Awqaf, the Jordanian authority in charge of the holy site, which affirmed that Palestinian worshippers and the guards at the mosque are uncomfortable with the presence of Israeli uniformed men.

The resistance movements and fronts stressed that the occupants bear full responsibility for the repercussions their continued violation of the holiness of Al-Aqsa and provocation against the Palestinian people’s feelings.

In a move never recognized by the international community, Tel Aviv captured East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, during the Six-Days War in 1967