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Officials: Israeli forces raid Aqsa, assault worshipers

April 22, 2014 6:29 P.M. (Updated: April 24, 2014 10:11 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the al-Aqsa mosque compound on Tuesday and assaulted several Palestinian worshipers, officials from the ministry of Islamic endowments told Ma'an.

Palestinian worshipers in the compound chanted religious slogans at a group of around 30 right-wing Jews who had entered the area via the Moroccan Gate.

Israeli forces raided the compound following the incident and physically assaulted several worshipers, ministry officials said.

The right-wing group was escorted out of the area by Israeli forces without completing their tour.

Earlier, a right-wing Jewish extremist tried to enter the compound by claiming he was a foreign tourist. Israeli police checked the man's documents and prevented him from entering after discovering he was Israeli, ministry officials added.

Al-Aqsa is located in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian territories that have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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