Extremist rabbi and Knesset member Yehuda Glick along with dozens of settlers desecrated the Aqsa Mosque’s courtyards under tight police protection on Thursday morning.
According to the Islamic Awqaf Authority in Occupied Jerusalem, about 68 settlers, including Glick, entered the Mosque through al-Maghariba Gate and toured its courtyards.
The Israeli police allowed Glick and settlers to perform rituals near the Mosque’s Bab al-Rahma prayer area.
About 100 police officers wearing civilian attire also defiled the Mosque in the morning.
The Aqsa Mosque is exposed to daily desecration by Jewish settlers in the morning and the afternoon except on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Israeli police close al-Maghariba Gate, which is used by Jews to enter the Mosque, at 10:30 am after the settlers complete their morning tours at the holy site. Later in the afternoon, the same gate is reopened for evening tours by settlers.
During the presence of settlers inside the Mosque compound, entry restrictions are imposed on Muslim worshipers at the entrances leading to the Mosque and their IDs are seized until they leave the holy place.