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Israeli settlers raid East Jerusalem cemetery

July 21, 2018 3:06 P.M. (Updated: July 28, 2018 2:22 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A group of Israeli settlers raided the Bab al-Rahma cemetery, wall-to-wall with the Al-Aqsa Mosque of its eastern side, in occupied East Jerusalem on Saturday morning.

Eyewitnesses told Ma'an that a group of Israeli settlers raided the cemetery under armed security by Israeli forces as dozens of Palestinians from Jerusalem were volunteering inside the cemetery.

Witnesses added that Palestinians called out "Allah Akbar" (God is Great) in response to Israeli settlers’ prayers while inside the cemetery.

Israeli forces threatened to assault and detain some of the Palestinians before they escorted Israeli settlers out of the cemetery later.

Last month, Israel's Nature And Parks Authority (INPA) carried out excavations at the cemetery reportedly for the benefit of building a national (Israeli) park on parts of the cemetery.

In 2015, the Bab al-Rahma cemetery was subject to demolitions after Israeli authorities announced plans to seize parts of the cemetery for a national park trail in 2015.
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