Occupation may complicate issues after reports in Israeli media that Netanyahu had asked security forces to hold off clearing it

About 120 hardline Jewish settlers have occupied a house in the old city of Hebron, citing Israel’s handling of the crisis over the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem that has sparked days of violence.

The settlers broke into the building, which is located close to a religious site in the southern West Bank city – the Ibrahimi mosque and Tomb of the Patriarchs – a location that rivals the Jerusalem holy site for sensitivity.

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