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Rightists enter Aqsa mosque compound

Aug. 10, 2011 2:19 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 10, 2011 10:26 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Religious and right-wing Israelis entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound Tuesday guarded by Israeli security forces, the Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage said.

Around 100 Israelis toured the mosque area on the day which they believe marks the destruction of a biblical temple, leading to minor scuffles with Palestinians in the mosque, the foundation said.

Four Palestinians were briefly arrested during the episode.

Settler leader David Haivri said an Israeli citizen was also arrested during the event.

The visit, he wrote on Twitter, was intended to mark the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, when "we remember the great Temple that stood in Jerusalem [and] pray [to] see it rebuilt."

The Al-Aqsa compound, containing the mosque and the Dome of the Rock, is the third holiest site in Islam and abuts the site where Jews believe the ancient Second Temple stood.

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