Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem for 2nd day
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Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem for 2nd day

Dozens of Israeli settlers on Monday forced their way into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem for the second day in a row after a hiatus of three weeks, according to a Palestinian agency.

In a statement, the Jordan-run Islamic Waqf Department, which oversees the holy sites in Jerusalem, said around 80 settlers entered the complex through the Al-Mugharbah Gate under the protection of Israeli police.

The statement, however, didn't report any clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian worshippers.

On Sunday, scores of Israeli settlers visited the flashpoint site under police protection for the first time in three weeks.

Tension escalated across the Palestinian territories since last month over an Israeli court verdict to evict Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem in favor of settlement groups. The situation flared up after Israeli forces raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque and assaulted worshippers inside.

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