Since Thursday morning, 824 settlers stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque in successive groups, with the participation of ministers and members of the Israeli Knesset.
The former member of the Knesset, the extremist Rabbi Yehuda Glick, Minister of the Negev and the Galilee in the occupation government, Itzhak Wasserlaf of the “Otzma Yehudit” party, and the wife of the extremist Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir, “Ayala”, led one of the groups.
The Islamic Endowments Department in Jerusalem stated that hundreds of settlers stormed Al-Aqsa, where tours about their alleged “temple” were carried out, in addition to performing Talmudic rituals in Bab Al-Rahma area and in front of the Dome of the Rock.
A number of Knesset members chanted the Israeli anthem Hatikva in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa, and settlers launched balloons in the colors of the occupation flag over Al-Aqsa Mosque.
In the morning hours, the Israeli occupation forces closed Al-Qibli prayer hall in Al-Aqsa Mosque, after emptying it of all Palestinians, and deployed its forces in its courtyards, to secure the settlers’ incursions into it.
At 7 am, the occupation police opened Al-Maghrabi Gate for hundreds of settlers’ storming Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The Israeli occupation authorities tightened their military measures in Jerusalem, and prevented young Palestinians from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform the morning prayer.
The occupation forces forcibly removed dozens of Jerusalemites and journalists from the vicinity of Bab Al-Silsilah, and brutally assaulted some young men in the vicinity of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and those stationed near Bab Al-Silsilah.
In the afternoon, dozens of settlers gathered at the Damascus Gate in occupied Jerusalem, and performed provocative dances, in preparation for the “flag march”, with the participation of the Minister of Transportation of the occupation government, Miri Regev and the extremist Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir.
Dozens of settlers stormed the alleys of the Old City, raising the flags of the occupation, while the occupation forces forced Jerusalemites to evacuate the alleys and close their shops, especially in Al-Wad Street in the Old City of Jerusalem.
The occupation forces had intensified their military measures in the occupied city of Jerusalem and its old town, and turned it into a military barracks, under the pretext of securing the provocative “flag march”.