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Israeli settlers perform rituals at Solomon's Pools near Bethlehem

Jan. 21, 2019 4:22 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 22, 2019 11:28 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Israeli settlers entered the Solomon's Pools area south of Bethlehem in the central occupied West Bank, on Monday, under the protection of heavily armed Israeli forces.

A Ma'an reporter confirmed that dozens of Israeli settlers entered the area, which Jews regard as a holy site, via the Um Hamdin Mountain near the town of al-Khader.

Sources added that the Israeli settlers were seen performing Talmudic rituals, as soldiers were deployed across the area.

Such visits spark frustration among Palestinians who see the incursions as a direct threat to Palestinian sovereignty and any potential for a future independent Palestinian state, which has been effectively marred by increasing settler presence across the occupied Palestinian territory.

In the video below, Israeli forces are seen escorting settlers to Solomon's Pools:
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