Al-Aqsa Foundation concerned over mosque-storming simulation by Israel
From Ma'an News Agency:
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli forces carried out a simulation drill modeling the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday evening, the Al-Aqsa Foundation told the Hamas-affiliated Voice of Palestine news site.
Foundation officials described a series of military drills in the Ben Shemen forest area west of Jerusalem, saying officials were concerned by the move and responded by sending a group of staff members to the area.
Upon their return, the foundation said, staff reported seeing several large replicas of the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque enclosed by a green plastic fence inside which troops were deployed.
A military spokesman reportedly told the Voice of Palestine that the exercises were being done ahead of the month of Ramadan which begins on 10 August. The official was quoted as saying officials expected stone throwing and were preparing a response.
Palestinian official in Israel Zahi Nujeidat told the news site that the "drills exposed Israel's malicious intentions against the Aqsa Mosque and its dreams of building the alleged temple of Solomon in its place."