Al-Quds, MINA – Israeli Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel and a group of fanatical Jews stormed into the courtyard of the al-Aqsa Mosque in Al-Quds (East Jerusalem) under the protection of Israeli police.
In a written statement from the Administration of the Al-Quds Islamic Institute, Ariel and a group of fanatical Jews on Wednesday stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque.
In the statement, Ariel and his entourage had left the Al-Aqsa Mosque after circling around the aqsa mosque for few time.
Ariel is one of the ministers of the government coalition in Israel, often forcing him into al-Aqsa. For Muslims, al-Aqsa represents the third holiest site in the world.
Meanwhile, Jews referred to the area as the “Temple Mount,” claiming that it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.
Israel occupied Al-Quds during the 1967 Middle East War and officially annexed all cities in 1980, claiming to be the capital city that was never recognized by the international community.
At the end of 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had banned ministers and lawmakers from entering the Al-Aqsa complex in an effort to calm tensions in the West Bank occupied by Israel, following repeated attacks by Jewish settlers on the site.
But in June, Netanyahu lifted the ban, which then allowed Knesset members to visit the compound every three months. (T/Sj/R04)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)