Days of Palestine – Jerusalem
Dozens of Jewish settlers on Sunday morning stormed the Aqsa Mosque and desecrated its courtyards under police guard.
According to the Islamic Awqaf Department, about 55 settlers entered the Mosque in groups through al-Maghariba Gate and some of them performed Jewish prayers before leaving through al-Silsila Gate.
Police forces also secured the eastern area of the Mosque for the settlers and prevented Muslim worshipers from getting near.
The Aqsa Mosque is exposed to daily desecration by Jewish settlers and police forces 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.