Sunday 28 November 2021

Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa to celebrate Sukkot

530 settlers forced their way into Al-Aqsa complex, and more settlers are expected to gather in the site.

Hundreds of Israeli settlers forced their way into the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday to mark the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, according to a Palestinian agency.


In a statement, the Jordan-run Islamic Waqf Department, which oversees the holy sites in Jerusalem, said 530 illegal Zionist settlers entered the complex under police protection.


More settlers are expected to visit the site in the afternoon.


Zionist extremist groups have called on settlers to converge on the Al-Aqsa compound during the week-long Jewish holiday, which started on Monday.


Since the start of September, Zionist settlers marked a number of Jewish holidays, including the Rosh Hashanah -- the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur.


For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

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