On Sunday, August 7, about 1700 settlers stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque in what they claim, “commemoration of the Temple’s destruction”.
The incursions were carried out through Bab Al-Magharbah, under heavy Israeli police protection, and an Israeli plane flying above the mosque.
Thousands of settlers gathered in Al-Buraq Square in occupied Jerusalem, and hundreds gathered at Bab Al-Magharbah to storm Al-Aqsa, in response to calls for collective incursions in the memory of the destruction of the temple.
At 7:00AM, settlers in groups started storming the Mosque’s courtyards. The first group were 50 settlers, headed by the extremist rabbi, Juda Glick.
The occupation police deployed its units in the courtyards to protect settlers and empty the place of Palestinians during the provocative tours of the settlers.
The extremist Knesset member, Etamar bin Ghir, was among the intruders to the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
During the incursions, the occupation forces dragged the Jerusalem activist Mohamed Abu El-Homs out of the mosque, after beating him.
The occupation intelligence also arrested Jamal Al-Asali in Al-Aqsa Mosque, while settlers assaulted Palestinian residents near Bab Hatta, of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The Israeli occupation government had decided last night to allow the settlers to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque and increase the presence of the police to protect the intruders.