World Bulletin / News Desk
Israeli police secured the way for scores of extremist Jewish settlers as they stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem) on Thursday and arrested a Palestinian employee inside the holy site, a Palestinian official said.
"Around 30 settlers this morning stormed the holy compound through the Al-Magharbeh Gate under Israeli police protection; they carried blueprints for the so-called third Jewish Temple," compound director Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani told Anadolu Agency.
The intrusion angered Palestinian worshippers and religious students who had gathered to prevent any provocative acts by the settlers, he said.
Al-Kiswani went on to say that special Israeli police agents had also arrested Suleiman Abdul Latif, an employee with the Al-Aqsa Mosque Rehabilitation Committee of the Department of Islamic Endowments.
Latif was arrested at his workplace inside the complex, said al-Kiswani, and taken to a detention center in the Old City.
In recent months, groups of extremist Jewish settlers, often accompanied by Israeli security forces, have repeatedly forced their way into the Al-Aqsa complex. The frequent violations anger Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent confrontations.
For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site. Jews, for their part, 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 unilaterally annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state, in a move that has never been recognized by the international community.Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Mayıs 2014, 13:27