Orthodox Jews enter Aqsa compound marking Sukkot
Published Thursday 26/09/2013 (updated) 27/09/2013 13:08
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Israeli rightists escorted by Israeli police and military officers entered the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, where they were met with shouts of “Allahu Akbar” by Muslim worshipers.
Witnesses told Ma’an that 26 ultra-Orthodox Jews entered the compound in small groups via the Moroccan Gate. They said the visit coincided with the last day of the Jewish Sukkot holiday.
The unwelcome visitors, added the witnesses, moved from the Moroccan Gate (Bab al-Magharibah) to the Golden Gate (Bab al-Rahmah), then to the Cotton Merchants’ Gate (Bab al-Qattanin) before they left from the Chain Gate (Bab al-Silsilah).
Since last Wednesday, more than 700 ultra-Orthodox Jews have entered the compound to celebrate Sukkot.
Palestinian officials in the ministry of endowment said it had been the largest number of Jews entering al-Aqsa Mosque area since the 1980 annexation of Jerusalem.
Separately, hundreds of Israeli settlers toured the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem Thursday performing prayers including dances as they celebrated the Water Libation Ceremony.