Over 160 settlers defile Aqsa Mosque

Days of Palestine - Jerusalem

Dozens of Jewish settlers escorted by police forces desecrated the Aqsa Mosque in Occupied Jerusalem on Thursday morning.

At least 166 settlers, including members of the so-called women for the temple organization, entered the Mosque in groups through its Maghariba Gate and toured its courtyards under police guard.

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About 1,741 settlers defiled the Islamic holy site last month, June, according to Palestinian news reports.

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.

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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.

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