Under Israeli Police Protection, Settlers Break into Al-Aqsa

JERUSALEM, December 14, 2014 (WAFA) – A group of Israeli settlers broke into the yards of Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound on Sunday morning accompanied by a large force of Israeli police, said WAFA correspondent in Jerusalem.

Tensions rise in Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound as Israeli settlers resumed their provocative tours, which inflame Palestinian worshipers, especially following the deadly incidents which occurred over the course of the last few weeks in Jerusalem and its neighborhoods.

Worshipers who were in Al-Aqsa Mosque yards responded with cheers and shouts to express their refusal of the provocations committed by Israeli extreme settlers with the police’s protection.

Meanwhile, Israeli police continue to hold the identity cards of tens of young Palestinian worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque gates to restrict access and exit from the compound and curb any attempt to start a protest against settlers breaking into the Mosque.

The provocative tours were called for by a number of extreme religious Jewish groups including Students for the Temple, Women for the Temple, Hliba, and Union Temple in preparation for the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights. The groups intended to perform Talmudic prayers in celebration of the occasion.