Dozens of Jewish settlers on Tuesday morning desecrated the Aqsa Mosque’s courtyards under tight police protection.
According to the Islamic Awqaf Authority in Occupied Jerusalem, groups of settlers entered the Mosque through al-Maghariba Gate and carried out swift and provocative tours in its courtyards.
The settlers also received explanations about the alleged temple mount from rabbis and tried to perform rituals.
Jewish temple groups recently incited their supporters to participate in mass break-ins at the Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday during the parliamentary election day to demand politicians to divide the Mosque and close its Bab al-Rahma prayer area forever.
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.