Occupied Jerusalem, ALRAY - 22 Israeli settlers on Sunday morning, guarded by Israeli police, stormed al-Aqsa Mosque via the Moroccans' gate, witnesses said .
They added that Palestinian worshipers insisted on staying inside the courtyards to confront the settlers if they tried to break into the place.
In recent months, groups of extremist Jewish settlers, often accompanied by Israeli security forces, have repeatedly forced their way into the Al-Aqsa complex. The frequent violations anger Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent confrontations.
For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site. Jews refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.