Muslim worshippers, on Thursday, at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, confronted extremists  who attempted to perform Jewish religious rituals inside the compound, according to witnesses.

WAFA reports that dozens of fanatics held provocative visits to Al-Aqsa Mosque and walked around the compound under heavy Israeli police protection.

When they attempted to perform religious ritual, which is against visit rules, Muslim worshippers stopped them with protest cheers.

Provocative tours by such groups have increased in recent days with the approach of the Jewish Passover holiday.

Muslims fear the celebrants want to take over their mosque, the third holiest in Islam, after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, and turn it into a Jewish temple.

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