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Dozens of Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa

Oct. 23, 2018 2:47 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 23, 2018 4:14 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, on Tuesday, through the Moroccans Gate.

Firas al-Dibs, head of the Public Relations and Media Department at the Islamic Endowment, said that heavily armed Israeli forces escorted at least 57 Israeli settlers into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Al-Dibs added that 16 Israel police forces were deployed across the compound.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque. The third holiest site in Islam, it is also venerated as Judaism's most holy place, as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood.

While Jewish visitation is permitted to the compound, non-Muslim worship at Al-Aqsa is prohibited according to an agreement signed between Israel and the Jordanian government after Israel's illegal occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967.

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