Israeli settlers raid Al Aqsa Mosque

MENA , Wednesday 15 Feb 2023

Jewish settlers stormed Al Aqsa Mosque Wednesday, under the protection of Israeli police and performed Talmudic rituals inside the Mosque courtyards.

Israeli border police forces gather on a rooftop near the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock mosq
Israeli border police forces gather on a rooftop near the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock mosques in Jerusalem s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, on February 12, 2023. AFP


Israeli provocations at Al Aqsa Mosque are not uncommon. It often intensifies during Jewish holidays. 

The Islamic Waqf, the Jordanian authority in charge of the holy sites in Jerusalem, has repeatedly described the settlers' presence in Al-Aqsa Mosque as "provocative", saying that Palestinian worshippers and guards at Al-Aqsa feel uncomfortable with the presence of Israeli police and settlers touring the Islamic holy site. 

Under a longstanding status quo, non-Muslims can visit the site at specific times but are not allowed to pray there.

A visit by Israel's extreme-right firebrand Itamar Ben-Gvir on Al-Aqsa mosque compound in January has enraged Palestinians who saw it as a provocation. The visit was strongly condemned by the international community.

Israel annexed East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa Mosque is located, in 1967 in a move that has not been recognised by the international community.

Dozens of settlers also attacked on Wednesday two schools and homes in the village of Burqa, northwest of Nablus, throwing rocks at them and smashing several windows, according to Ghassan Daghlas, a local official, and fired live bullets at the village residents who confronted them without hurting anyone, reported WAFA news agency.

Meanwhile, armed settlers from the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba broke into the east of the city of Hebron and slashed the tires of several vehicles owned by local residents, according to one of the residents.

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