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Right-wing Israelis enter Aqsa compound

Nov. 30, 2014 11:56 A.M. (Updated: March 4, 2015 3:12 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A group of Jewish Israelis entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound early Sunday, witnesses told Ma'an.

Witnesses said that about 50 right-wing Israelis stormed the compound through the Moroccan Gate and tried to provoke Muslim worshipers, who responded by chanting "Allahu akbar," or "God is the greatest."

The Israelis exited the compound through the Chain Gate and proceeded to perform Jewish rituals, the witnesses said.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque is sensitive for Palestinians due to its status as the third holiest site in Islam and its location in the heart of the Old City of Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem.

Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its "eternal, undivided capital," but the international community sees East Jerusalem as Palestinian territory and the capital of a future Palestinian state.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, referred to by Jews as the Temple Mount, is also the holiest site in Judaism.

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