A large number of Jewish settlers on Wednesday morning stormed the Aqsa Mosque and desecrated its courtyards under tight police protection.
According to the Islamic Awqaf Department, 137 settlers defiled the Mosque’s courtyards in groups and some of them provocatively performed Jewish prayers.
Meanwhile, one of the settlers published a selfie of himself showing him wearing a mask bearing the words “temple – now” as he was sitting near the Dome of the Rock building at the Mosque.
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.