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Dozens of Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa compound

Jan. 23, 2019 5:15 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 24, 2019 11:43 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in occupied East Jerusalem, on Wednesday.

Head of the public relations office at the Islamic Endowment Department, Firas al-Dibs, said that 85 Israeli settlers under the protection of 103 Israeli soldiers stormed the Al-Aqsa compound through the Moroccans Gate.

Al-Dibs added that Israeli settlers provocatively toured 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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