Extremist Israelis enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

Dozens of extremist Israelis on Wednesday entered the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, escorted by Israeli police, a Palestinian official said.

Around 100 Israelis entered the compound through the Moroccan Gate, said Azzam al-Khatib, director-general of the PA Ministry of Endowment. 

Al-Khatib said Israeli police had rejected a request to stop the visits during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which began Wednesday.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an he was not aware of the request. Rosenfeld said Jewish and Christian visitors regularly enter the compound in coordinated visits. 

Witnesses told Ma'an that the Israeli visitors tried to enter the Dome of the Rock, which is not an agreed part of their tour. 

Muslim worshipers and Islamic students chanted Allahu Akbar to express their rejection to the visitors, witnesses said. 

The group, accompanied by rabbis, left the compound through the Chain Gate chanting anti-Arab slogans, they added. 

Source: Ma'an News

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