Sunday, 22 September 2013

Hundreds of Israeli right-wing extremists enter Aqsa mosque under guard


JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Over 300 Israeli rightists entered the al-Aqsa compound on Sunday, a local foundation said.

The al-Aqsa foundation said that four groups consisting of rabbis, families and rightists entered the mosque compound via the Mughrabi Gate under heavy armed guard and toured the area.

Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, the director of Islamic endowment told Ma'an that around 342 rightists entered the area for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

Eyewitnesses said that a group of rightists tried to perform religious rituals but were prevented from doing so by Palestinian worshipers.

"The break in to al-Aqsa is unacceptable to the Islamic Waqf and this number of incursions within a few hours is unprecedented," al-Khatib said. more

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