Tensions rise in Al-Quds (Jerusalem) amid Palestinian calls to defend Al-Aqsa Mosque against Israeli provocations during Jewish holidays, Palestinian and Israeli media reported on Saturday.
Zionist settlers are expected to storm the holy compound on September 26-27 to mark the so-called Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) holiday.
Israeli occupation beefed up the security arrangements in Al-Quds on Friday, two days ahead of the holiday, in order to secure the entrance of Zionist settlers into Al-Aqsa compound.
Zionist authorities will also close crossings to the Palestinian territories of West Bank and Gaza Strip during the Jewish festivals.
For their part, Palestinians called for mobilization in a bid to defend Al-Aqsa against the continuous Israeli provocations and oppressive measures.
Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, the former Grand Mufti of Al-Quds, called on Palestinians to boost presence at the holy site in order to foil Israeli schemes aimed at Judaizing the compound.
“Defending Al-Aqsa is a duty of all those who can reach the holy mosque,” Sheikh Sabri was quoted as saying by Palestinian media.
Source: Palestinian and Israeli media (translated by Al-Manar English Website)