Dozens of Israeli settlers forced their way into East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday, according to a Palestinian official.
Firas al-Dibs, a spokesman for Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, a Jordan-run organization responsible for overseeing the city’s Islamic sites, said in a brief statement:
He said the settlers were joined by a number of Israeli policemen during the tour.
Israeli Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel was among those who toured the holy compound, according to al-Dibs.
Tension has mounted in the Palestinian territories � including occupied East Jerusalem, where the Al-Aqsa is located � since US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War. It annexed the entire city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the Jewish state in a move never recognized by the international community.
Last year, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on the US to withdraw its recognition of the flashpoint city as Israel’s capital.
Source: Palestine Chronicle