Scores of Israeli settlers guarded by Israeli forces stormed Tuesday, December 20, 2022 the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem under the pretext of celebrating Hanukkah holiday.
The Islamic Waqf, the Jordan-run authority in charge of the holy site, said that scores of Israeli settlers broke into the holy site in groups on the first day of the Jewish holiday, and that more groups of settlers are expected to break into the holy site during the day.
The Israeli occupation authorities imposed strict restrictions on the presence of Muslims in the holy site coinciding with the incursions by Israeli settlers.
The occupation forces deployed its forces in the Old City of Jerusalem and at Al-Buraq Square and the roads leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque, to protect the Israeli settlers who stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque squares during the days of the so-called Eid Al-Anwar, which ends next Monday.
Previously, large number of the occupation forces stormed the courtyards of the mosque to secure the settlers’ storming, and removed a number of young men from inside the mosque. The occupation police also deployed its special forces and units in Al-Aqsa Mosque and at its gates.
The Israeli extremist groups are trying to exploit the political climate in Israel and the fascist tendencies of the next Israeli government to devote their programs to changing the decades-long status quo and force new rules that enable them to officially perform open Jewish rituals and advance plans to divide Al-Aqsa Mosque between Muslims and Jews.