Scores of Zionist settlers and soldiers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday, a Palestinian official said.
“At least 20 settlers in groups forced their way into the holy compound through al-Mugharbeh Gate under the protection of Israeli police,” Sheikh Omar Al-Qiswani, Director of Al-Aqsa mosque, told media outlets.
“The settlers toured in the complex, passing through al-Qibali mosque and the Dome of the Rock before leaving.”
He added that Muslim worshipers stood still against the settlers and shouted “Allaho Akbar” (God is the Greatest).
As many as 30 occupation soldiers stormed the compound from several gates to provoke the Muslim worshipers, an Al-Aqsa guard said.
“Tensions have been running high in Al-Aqsa since the morning. Israeli police imposed strict measures outside the gates of Al-Aqsa, where they check worshipers’ identity cards before allowing them to enter,” he said.
The occupation entity occupied East Jerusalem 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 – a move never recognized by the international community.