Occupied Jerusalem – A large number of extremist Israeli settlers have broken into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied city of Jerusalem since the early morning hours of Wednesday.
Under the occupation forces protection, over 50 Israeli settlers broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque during the morning break-in session and their incursions to the mosque continues till this moment.
The settlers entered through the Damascus Gate- which Palestinians call Bab al-Amoud Gate- and they are now provoking the Palestinian worshipers by performing Talmudic prayers loudly in the courtyards of the mosque and taking pictures.
Among the settlers who stormed the mosque was a group called “Women of Temple” who is also performing provocative tours till now.
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 facilitate and protect the settlers breaking into the holy site while preventing Palestinian worshipers from entering it, assaulting and detaining them.
Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam which located in occupied Jerusalem.