AL-QUDS (Dispatches) – Protected by heavily armed Zionist occupation police, over 1,300 Zionist settlers accompanied by Knesset members stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque and clashed with Palestinian Muslim worshipers inside the third Islamic holy site.
Media sources and eyewitnesses reported that the Zionist settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque early on Sunday morning to celebrate a Jewish occasion.
The Zionist police violently attacked the Palestinian worshipers, detained many of them, and lynched others in order to clear the way for the settlers.
Videos went viral on the internet showing the violent aggression of the Zionist police against the Palestinian worshipers who were determined not to leave Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, says the Zionist regime is undermining the security and stability of the region, warning that Tel Aviv is dragging the region into a religious war that will burn the entire territories.
“By continuing its policy of incursions into religious places, as is happening today in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Israel is defying the Palestinian people and disregarding international positions, especially the American position which demanded [the occupying regime] to adhere to the status quo in Jerusalem [Al-Quds],” Rudeineh said, Palestine’s official Wafa news agency reported.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rudeineh added that attacks in Al-Aqsa came in the context of the ongoing suspicious attack on the Palestinian national project.
“But the national project will not be defeated, and Al-Quds, the independent national decision and the steadfastness of the Palestinian people will preserve the [Palestinian] identity and protect the holy sites,” he noted.
Also on Sunday, the Palestinian foreign ministers, for its part, called on the international community to take a firm position against the ongoing Zionist aggression on Al-Aqsa, Waf reported.
“This [Zionist] attack falls within the framework of an official Israeli decision to perpetuate the temporal division of the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque. It also comes within the framework of Israelization and Judaization of Jerusalem aimed at emptying the city of its Palestinian citizens,” it said in a statement.
The European Union (EU), for its part, expressed concern over the ongoing tensions around the Al-Aqsa Mosque (the Haram Al-Sharif), fuelled on Sunday morning by the mass Zionist incursion into the holy site.