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Sheikh: Police prevent Israeli rightists from visiting Aqsa

July 16, 2013 11:40 A.M. (Updated: July 17, 2013 10:41 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police on Tuesday closed the Moroccan Gate leading to the Aqsa compound and prevented Israeli rightists from entering the area, a Palestinian Authority Ministry of Endowment official said.

Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib told Ma'an that Israeli authorities prevented Israeli rightists and foreign tourists from entering the Aqsa compound. The move comes after pressure from Jordan to stop Jewish extremists visiting the area, al-Khatib said.

Hundreds of Israeli rightists have visited the compound in the past two days under heavy Israeli police guard, leading to tensions in the area.

Al-Khatib called the visits provocative.

Meanwhile, Israeli extremists attacked and damaged three cars at the Lions Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday, according to the Wadi Hilweh information center.

The center reported that large groups of extremists were walking around the Old City, with one group attacking young Palestinians.
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