Jerusalem, ALRAY - Israeli extremists settlers stormed Wednesday morning al-Aqsa Mosque through al-Magharba gate under Israeli police protection, a number of Palestinian worshipers were injured by Israeli police.
Director of Media at Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage Mahmoud Abu Atta said that 50 settlers stormed al-Aqsa mosque at 7:30 accompanied by a number of rabbis distributed on two groups, and organized a short tour in different parts of its yards.
Abu Atta said that “Al-Aqsa has been witnessing since morning the presence of hundreds of Palestinian worshipers who were gathered in al-Asbat gate to protect it from any attack, but the Israeli occupation police attacked them, causing many injuries.”
He mentioned that Israeli forces kept the Mosque’s gates closed, banning Palestinian worshipers’ access to its courtyards. Women of all ages and men under the age of 50 are prevented from entering into the mosque.
He explained that Israeli occupation police based at the mosque gates and imposed special measures to prevent worshipers from entering al-Aqsa mosque.
Groups of extremist Jewish settlers, often accompanied by Israeli security forces, repeatedly stormed 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.
Israel occupied Al-Quds during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state.