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Scores of Jewish Settlers Break into Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

Dozens of settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday, from the side of the Mughrabi Gate, under the protection of the Israeli forces. They performed Talmudic rituals and carried out “provocative tours” in the mosque’s courtyards, while Israel announced the arrest of those accused of carrying out the “Elad” operation near Tel Aviv.

Israeli sources said on Sunday that the two suspects were arrested in a forest area near Elad, and the sources said, “They were tired and exhausted, without food and water, and hid under a tree.”

The Israeli police announced an attack in Elad, east of Tel Aviv on Thursday that killed 3 Israelis and wounded 3 others, coinciding with Israel’s celebration of its founding anniversary.

In Jerusalem, the Israeli forces prevented dozens of Palestinian citizens from entering and praying in Al-Aqsa Mosque during the dawn hours, about 3 days after about 800 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque, on Thursday morning, including the extremist rabbi Yehuda Glick.

Palestinian News & Information Agency-WAFA reported that the occupation police stationed at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque prevented a group of young men and women from entering the mosque.

“In response to these occupation measures, Jerusalemite calls were launched urging people to travel to Al-Aqsa Mosque and stay there,” according to the Palestinian News Agency.

Palestinian condemnation

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett issued instructions on Wednesday to allow extremist settlers to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque, in celebration of the declaration of the occupying power, coinciding with the calls of the so-called “extremist alleged temple groups”, to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque and raise the Israeli flag on it and in its squares.

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned the Israeli Prime Minister’s decision to allow settlers to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque, and considered it a blatant challenge to the international community and the Arab and Islamic worlds, according to Wafa.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said in a press statement, Thursday that Bennett’s decision “is a disregard and a challenge to all calls and efforts launched by the loyal and concerned to extend the calm period beyond the month of Ramadan and the holidays.”

The Israeli forces suppressed a sit-down condemning the attempts to displace citizens from southern Hebron, on Friday, after the Israeli Supreme Court rejected the petition submitted by the residents of 12 residential communities in the area against the decision to declare them “firing zones”, which means their demolition and the displacement of nearly 4,000 Palestinians.

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