photo: Ma'an
photo: Ma’an

Al-Quds (Jerusalem), 23 Dzulqa’dah 1435/18 september 2014 (MINA) – Around 40 Israeli extremist settlers and Yeshiva students, guarded by special Israeli occupation police, stormed al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday morning via the Moroccan gate.

The director of media in Aqsa foundation for Waqf and Heritage, Anas Ghanayem said that the settlers and students headed to the Rock of the Dome.

“Palestinian worshippers confronted the settlers trying to force them out of the place,” said Ghanayem, ALRAY, Palestinian Media Agency quoteb by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.

Groups of extremist Jewish settlers, often accompanied by Israeli security forces, repeatedly forced their way into the Al-Aqsa complex.

The frequent violations anger Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent confrontations.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world’s third holiest site. Jews refer to the area as the “Temple Mount,” claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.

Israel occupied Al-Quds during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state.(T/P008/P3)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)