A group of Israeli settlers, on Sunday morning, stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa mosque via the Moroccan Gate, accompanied by heavy guard of Israeli occupation police.
It is the third holiest site in Islam and also venerated as Judaism‚Äôs most holy place, alleged to be the original site of Solomon‚Äôs Temple. Disputes surrounding visitation to the site have historically flared tensions in the occupied Palestinian territory.
In 2003, the Israeli government unilaterally decided ‚ÄĒ despite the objections of the Islamic Endowments Department ‚ÄĒ to allow non-Muslim visitors into the complex.
Since then, under increasingly right-wing Israeli governments, extremist Jewish settlers have been allowed into the site in ever greater numbers ‚ÄĒ usually protected by Israeli security forces ‚ÄĒ while Palestinian access to the site has become increasingly restricted.
The number of Israeli settlers storming the holy site has risen since¬† US president Donald Trump‚Äôs declaration of occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.¬†Members of the so-called ‚ÄúTemple Mount‚ÄĚ movement have been publicly calling its followers to participate in wide scale mass raids on the holy site.
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