Settlers try to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

Published today 19:10

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A group of settlers tried to break into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem on Friday evening but were obstructed by Palestinian youth, a Ma’an correspondent said.

Ma’an’s reporter said local youth clashed with the settlers at Bab Al-Majlis gate during the Tarawih prayer, an evening prayer performed in the holy month of Ramadan.

No injuries were reported.

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

Thousands of Israeli police were deployed to the area ahead of the first Friday prayers during Ramadan. Israeli authorities blocked access to the site for Muslim men under the age of 45 and West Bank Palestinians under the age of 35.

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