Dozens of Jewish settlers escorted by Israeli police forces on Wednesday, 1 December 2021, desecrated the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Occupied Jerusalem.
According to the Islamic Awqaf Administration in Jerusalem, at least 150 settlers entered the Mosque and toured its courtyards under police protection.
Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation police-imposed movement restrictions on Muslim worshippers in the Old City and on the roads leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque under the pretext of the Hanukkah Jewish holiday (the festival of lights).
The Al-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 worshippers at the entrances leading to the Mosque and their IDs could be seized until they leave the holy place.