Occupied Jerusalem, ALRAY - Dozens of extremist Israeli settlers broke on the early morning hours of Monday into the courtyards of al-Aqsa Mosque Compound via the Moroccan Gate, heavily guarded by Israeli forces.
Jerusalem’s Islamic Endowments Department said that at least 122 extremist settlers stormed the mosque in the morning hours in consecutive groups, toured its courtyards provokingly, received explanations on the alleged “Temple Mount”, and performed Talmudic rituals.
The department pointed out that worshipers, educational students, and guards of the al-Aqsa mosque who were present there defended it by chants and Takbeer (saying Allah Akbar), and hampered the settlers from roaming it freely.
It pointed out that the occupation police boosted its presence and strict procedures across the mosque and at its entrances as well as put restrictions on the Palestinians seeking to enter the mosque, including detaining some of their IDs at the gates.
Over 2700 settlers have broken into al-Aqsa since the start of Sukkot, the department indicated.
In the same context, Israeli occupation forces detained on Monday morning five Palestinians, including two women, from the mosque’s Bab al-Rahma and Bab al-Silsilah areas.
It’s noteworthy that the al-Aqsa mosque Compound exposes on a daily basis to the storming of the Israeli settlers, at which they perform Talmudic rituals and discrete its sanctity.