Today, Tuesday, the Israeli occupation forces imposed strict measures in the Old City of Jerusalem, preventing Palestinian youths from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque and performing morning prayer there, while dozens of settlers stormed the mosque’s courtyards, on the sixth day of the Jewish Passover holiday.
The Israeli police deployed its forces and special units in Al-Aqsa squares and at its gates, in preparation for the settlers’ incursions.
The IOF also deployed their forces in the Old City of Jerusalem, set up military checkpoints on the roads leading to Al-Aqsa, prevented young men under the age of 55 from entering it, and confiscated IDs after searching those who entered.
The settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque in groups from the Maghrabi Gate under protection from the occupation police, who removed the Palestinian worshippers there. The IOF also stormed the roof of the Qibla prayer hall.
The Islamic Endowments Department in Jerusalem said that the settlers carried out provocative tours in Al-Aqsa squares about their alleged “temple”, and performed Talmudic rituals there and in front of the Dome of the Rock before leaving from the Chain Gate side.
The number of settlers who stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque today reached 788. Following their exit, they gathered in front of the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque and performed provocative dances.
Today, the Prime Minister of the occupation government, Benjamin Netanyahu, will announce his decision on allowing settlers to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque during the last ten days of Ramadan.
In the past few days, Al-Aqsa Mosque witnessed large incursions, including assaults on worshippers with batons, rifle butts, rubber bullets, and poison gas canisters, forcing them to leave, and arresting hundreds.