Occupied Jerusalem – 182 Israeli settlers broke into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied Jerusalem on Thursday.
Under the occupation forces protection, 138 Israeli settlers broke into the courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque during the morning break-in session and 44 others during the afternoon break-in session.
The settlers entered through the Damascus Gate- which Palestinians call Bab al-Amoud Gate- provoking the Palestinian worshipers in the mosque courtyards by performing Talmudic prayers.
Israeli occupation authorities allow settler incursions to the mosque since 2003 under the forces protection, despite repeated objections and warnings by the Palestinian religious authorities as the visits provoke worshippers of the mosque.
Israeli forces always attack and assault Palestinian worhipers at the courtyards of the Mosque with sound grenades, rubber bullets and pepper gas.
The forces also station at the gates of the mosque and detain dozens of Palestinian young men and boys, after assaulting them.
Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam which located in occupied Jerusalem.