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Tensions Rise at Al-Aqsa Mosque, Israel Protects Jewish Raid

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Fanatical Jewish settlers storm the Al-Aqsa mosque compound protected by Israeli riot police during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year in Jerusalem, September 26, 2022. Photo/Jerusalem Islamic Waqf/Anadolu Agency

JERUSALEM – Tensions have increased in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound since Monday (26/9/2022). Hundreds of Jewish settlers attacked the holy site with Israeli police protection, to mark the start of Rosh Hashanah.

The situation escalated when Jewish extremist groups continued to call for permission to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday and Tuesday (27/9/2022) to celebrate the Jewish New Year.

The spokesman for the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ambassador Haitham Abu Al-Foul called on Israel to stop the activities of the Jewish settlers and respect the sanctity of the complex and the authority of the Jerusalem Waqf Administration in accordance with international law.

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Israel occupied East Jerusalem, home to more than 350,000 Palestinians, in 1967, but the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher are under Jordanian guardianship.

On Monday morning, Israeli police put up security around Al-Aqsa, preventing the entry of young people under the age of 40 and stopping all midday prayers, when some 335 Jews visited the compound.

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Five Palestinians were injured by police at the Lion’s Gate, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. They were taken to Al-Makassed Hospital.

Worshipers, including women and children, were forced to perform the noon prayer in front of the mosque’s door due to the Israeli police ban.

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Israel imposed a complete closure on the borders of the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Sunday afternoon along with Rosh Hashanah due to fears of escalation. The standby status will continue until the end of the holiday period.

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