07 August 2018

Over 3900 Jewish settlers forced their way into East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound last month alone, a Palestinian official said.

“The highest number of incursions [by settlers] was recorded in July,” Firas al-Dibs, a spokesman for Jerusalem’s Jordan-run Religious Endowment Authority, said in a statement.

He said around 3908 settlers and Israeli soldiers stormed the flashpoint site last month.

“This is a clear indication of the increasing violations by settlers in the holy site,” al-Dibs said.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, in a move never recognized by the international community.

International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as “occupied territories,” considering all Jewish settlement building on the land illegal.

SOURCE: Anadolu