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Israeli minister tours East al-Quds, settlers storm al-Aqsa Mosque

In a provocative move, an Israeli minister has toured the occupied Old City of East al-Quds, and a group of Israeli settlers have stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque.

According to Press TV quoting the Palestinian Ma’an news agency on Sunday, Miri Regev, who is a member of the Knesset for the Likud Party and minister of culture and sport, toured the streets of the Occupied Territories with a camera crew in order to promote her political campaign for the upcoming Israeli parliamentary elections.

In December last year, Zionist regime’s lawmakers voted to dissolve the parliament in a bid to hold early elections in April.

Separately on Sunday, a group of nearly 40 Israeli settlers escorted by Israeli forces entered the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of East al-Quds.

Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani, the Director of the al-Aqsa Mosque, said that Israeli forces also banned employees from the Islamic Endowment Department from entry into the holy compound, preventing them from carrying out their work duties.

Al-Kiswani said that such provocations by Israeli forces occur on a daily basis.

Eyewitnesses said that Israeli forces also detained and assaulted a Palestinian youth in the area.

Ultra-Orthodox Israeli legislators and extremist settlers regularly storm the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied city.

Most of the Knesset members are right-wing extremists who support the demolition of the Islamic site in order to build a Jewish temple instead on what is known among settlers as the Temple Mount.

The al-Aqsa Mosque compound sits just above the Western Wall plaza and houses both the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Tensions continue in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the aftermath of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of al-Quds as Israel’s “capital” and the relocation of the US embassy to the occupied city.

On December 21 last year, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution that calls on the US to undo those moves.

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