WEST BANK (Dispatches) – Dozens of Zionist settlers forced their way into Al-Quds’ flashpoint Al-Aqsa complex on Sunday, Anadolu reports.
In a statement, the Al-Quds Awqaf Department said 76 settlers backed by Zionist troops had entered the compound.
The settlers toured the courtyard in celebration of the Jewish New Year, which falls from Sunday to Thursday, the report said.
Radical Zionists have called on supporters over the past few days to converge on the Al-Aqsa compound to celebrate the occasion.
Al-Aqsa represents the world’s third-holiest site for Muslims.
The Zionist regime occupied East al-Quds, in which the Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Zionist War.
In a move never recognized by the international community, the occupying regime annexed the entire city in 1980, claiming it as its ‘capital’.
The Palestinian Islamic resistance movement Hamas said on Tuesday that the Zionist regime is exploiting normalization with Arab countries to escalate violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque, and demolish more Palestinian homes in al-Quds.
"Storming Al-Aqsa Mosque by dozens of Israeli settlers early this morning and the plans of some extremist Jewish groups to carry out mass raids in the Muslim compound on Thursday are the outcomes of normalization deals with the Israeli occupation,” Hamas said.
In a statement, the movement’s spokesperson Abdul-Latif Al-Qanoa said the Zionist regime’s occupation authorities "do not respect peace or diplomacy”.
Al-Qanoa called on Palestinian citizens of al-Quds to defend Al-Aqsa Mosque against the arbitrary measures and policies by the Zionist regime.
Scores of Zionist settlers raided Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday, with so-called Temple Mount groups calling for further raids tomorrow.