Israel minister leads settler raid of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli Housing Minister Yaakov Litzman (Jack Guez -AFP)

Middle East Monitor  /  May 31, 2021

Yaakov Litzman, Israel’s housing minister and former health minister, led a settler raid of Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday, entering through Al-Magharbeh Gate, Quds Press reported.

Tens of extremist Israeli Jewish settlers along with Litzman raided Al-Aqsa Mosque and toured its sanctuary yards, entering through Al-Magharbeh Gate and leaving through Al-Silsila Gate.

Israeli occupation troops closed Al-Magharbeh Gate following the entrance of the Jewish settlers accompanied by the extremist minister.

The raid came at a time when the Chief of Egyptian Intelligence Brigadier General Abbas Kamel is carrying out marathon meetings with Israeli officials and Palestinians, in order to stabilise the ceasefire between the two sides.

Meanwhile, it also coincided with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi’s visit to Cairo to meet with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, also as part of the ongoing talks to stabilise the ceasefire.

Israeli occupation authorities continue their violence and escalation policies, including permitting extremist settlers to raid Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest place for Muslims on earth.