Radical Israelis raid East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound with Israeli forces protection

Radical Israelis raid East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound with Israeli forces protection
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16 January, 2022
The Islamic Waqf Department said the Israelis encroached on Islam's third-most-sacred site with Israeli security looking after their safety.
Al-Aqsa Mosque often faces encroachment from radical Israelis [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty-file photo]

Radical Israelis raided occupied East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque complex en masse on Sunday, the Islamic Waqf Department said.

The Israelis encroached on Islam's third-most-sacred site with Israeli security looking after their safety, Anadolu Agency reported.

They came in via Al-Mugharbah Gate, the Jordanian-administered religious endowment organisation said.

Starting in 2003, Tel Aviv began permitting its citizens to encroach on the Al-Aqsa complex on a near-daily basis.

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The mosque is known as the Temple Mount in Judaism, and is the faith's holiest place.

The complex was raided by over 34,500 Israelis last year, Palestine's Waqf ministry said.

Though Israel annexed both East and West Jerusalem over 40 years ago, this claim to sovereignty in the holy city has been widely rejected by almost the entire international community.

The United Nations considers East Jerusalem occupied Palestinian land.