Al Aqsa mosque
Dozens of extremist Israeli settlers broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem today and performed rituals, despite being strongly monitored by Israeli occupation according to local sources.
They stated that the fanatic settlers entered the holy compound in groups since early morning and performed rituals and provocative tours through the Islamic holy site.
The Al-Aqsa Mosque, located in occupied Jerusalem, is Muslims' third holiest place. Before it was changed to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, it was also Islam's first Qibla, the direction in which Muslims must turn to pray.
Settler invasions into the holy mosque compound, as well as the systematic confiscation of church property in Jerusalem, are seen as part of a plot to turn a multi-religious and multi-cultural city into a "reunified" Jewish metropolis under the rule and sovereignty of the occupying state of Israel.
During the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel occupation took East Jerusalem, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in a move that was never acknowledged by the international community.