Settlers Obstruct Palestinian Access to Al-Aqsa on Last Night of Ramadan | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Settlers Obstruct Palestinian Access to Al-Aqsa on Last Night of Ramadan

On Thursday night, June 14, 2018, a group of settlers tried to invade al-Aqsa Mosque through the Hotta and Faisal gates. Palestinians inside the Mosque’s courtyard confronted them and prevented them from entering. Shortly after, Israeli police arrived and removed the settlers, all of whom were young women.

Thursday night was the last evening of Ramadan. Though Israeli authorities usually ban settlers from provocatively touring al-Aqsa Mosque for the last 10 days of Ramadan, this year they shortened that time period to seven days. Settler groups, nevertheless, protest any restrictions on their access to the holy site, where they seek to perform religious rituals – a practice forbidden by the agreement between Israeli authorities and Jordan regarding the compound.

Also on Thursday night, around 30 settlers performed religious rituals at al-Aqsa’s al-Asbat Gate. Palestinians gathered there in protest of the provocative action, which delayed Palestinians from entering the al-Aqsa compound and praying and breaking their fasts. Israeli police forced the Palestinians to go away and protected the settlers.

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