Apr 22 2019
Scores of Israeli settlers on Monday morning defiled al-Aqsa Mosque in Occupied Jerusalem under police guard.
Local sources said that the Israeli police in the early morning hours opened al-Maghareba Gate, which has been under Israeli control since 1967, and allowed dozens of settlers to enter the site.
According to the Islamic Awqaf, Israel's Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel, accompanied by nearly 200 settlers, broke into al-Aqsa Mosque and performed Talmudic rituals there.
Extremist settler groups have called on Israelis to flock in large numbers to al-Aqsa Mosque and pressured the Israeli police to empty the holy site of Palestinian worshipers to celebrate the Passover holiday.
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