Israeli MPs storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Two members of the Knesset stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound after Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lifted a two-year ban prohibiting legislators from visiting the site.

Accompanied by heavily-armed police, Yehuda Glick, of Netanyahu's Likud party, and Shuli Mualem-Rafaeli, of the Jewish Home, went to the site early on Tuesday as part of a one-day trial period.

In response, Palestinian leaders condemned the move, with Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesperson for the Palestinian presidency, saying that the ‘Israeli' government was responsible for the provocations at the compound.

For his part, Masud Ganaim, a Palestinian member of the Zionist parliament, the Knesset, also said allowing right-wing politicians into the complex had "the goal of provoking Arab and Muslim sentiment and inflaming the situation".

Netanyahu instructed police in October 2015 to bar members of the Knesset from visiting the site in the Old City of ‘Israeli'-occupied east al-Quds.

However, last week, reports emerged that MKs would be allowed to visit the site in a one-day trial on Tuesday.

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