The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage issued a press release on Wednesday morning stating that dozens of Israeli soldiers and fundamentalist settlers broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound through the Al-Magharba Gate and provoked local Muslim worshipers.The Foundation said that the incident led to tension in the mosque area especially as the soldiers were heavily deployed with their guns around the mosque while the armed settlers provoked several residents before performing prayers in and around the mosque.
It added that ‘three groups of extremist settlers, and dozens of fully uniformed and armed Israeli soldiers, started the invasion at 7:30a.m., and that the total number of soldiers and settlers who conducted the attack was more than a hundred’.
The Foundation called on the Arab and Islamic nations, and the International Community, to intervene and stop the illegal violations carried out by the soldiers and extremist settler groups against the Palestinians and their holy sites.
Several Palestinians were recently injured, some seriously, during numerous assaults carried out by armed fundamentalist settlers against the Palestinians, their homes and lands, in the occupied Palestinian territories.
On Tuesday, a Palestinian youth was shot in his leg by a fundamentalist Israeli settler in the Old City of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank. His condition was described as moderate due to significant blood loss.