World Bulletin / News Desk
Scores of Jewish settlers and Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyard on Monday as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper paid a visit to the Palestinian territories.
"Around 65 Israeli settlers and intelligence officers broke into the mosque courtyard under the heavy protection of Israeli police," according to one mosque guard.
He added that around 20 Israeli intelligence officers had toured the mosque courtyard while hearing explanations from accompanying guides.
Anadolu Agency could not obtain an immediate comment on the incident from the Israeli authorities.
In recent months, groups of extremist Jewish settlers, often accompanied by Israeli security forces, have stepped up their attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex. The frequent violations anger Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent confrontations.
Jews refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.
Israel occupied Al-Quds during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state.Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Ocak 2014, 14:08