Israeli settlers raid Jordan border

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Maan News Agency | Dec 12, 2011
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers raided the Jordanian borders on Monday evening in protest over Amman’s involvement in a dispute over a footbridge to Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque, Israeli media reported.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said initial reports indicated that 30 Israelis crossed the security fence and entered a closed military zone on the border of the West Bank and Jordan, but she said they had not entered Jordanian territory.

She added that Israeli soldiers and border police were “operating to restore order” in the area.

The Hebrew-language news site Maariv reported that the Israelis had taken over a building in Jordanian territory.

The settlers, known as the “Hilltop youth” were threatening to establish an outpost in the area as Israeli soldiers looked on from the border, Maariv said.

According to the report, the settlers were protesting Jordan’s role in a row over a footbridge to the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Israel on Monday closed the ramp after an engineer deemed it structurally unsafe. Israeli media reports said Israel would consult with the king of Jordan, the custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, on the future of the bridge.

Source and more at the Maan News Agency

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