Far-right Jewish settlers raid Al-Aqsa Mosque
Israeli police guard settlers during raid in occupied East Jerusalem
By Ekrem Biceroglu and Abdel Ra'ouf D. A. R. Arnaout
JERUSALEM (AA) - Far-right Jewish settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday in occupied East Jerusalem, according to an official from the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf.
More than 340 fanatical Jews entered the Haram al-Sharif area under Israeli police protection in the morning.
After the noon prayer, 86 Jewish settlers raided Masjid al-Aqsa. They performed religious rituals in the courtyard during the raid.
Yehudah Joshua Glick, former Likud Party deputy, attended the raid accompanied by Israeli police.
Israeli fanatic groups called for a raid on Masjid al-Aqsa on the pretext of "the anniversary of the destruction of the temple," which they claimed to have occurred in the past.
For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third-holiest site. Jews call the area the Temple Mount, saying it was the site of two ancient Jewish temples.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. It annexed the entire city in 1980 in a move never recognized by the international community.
*Writing by Gozde Bayar
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