The Palestinian News Agency (Wafa) said today, Monday, that dozens of Israeli settlers stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, guarded by the Israeli police.
The agency quoted local sources as saying that the settlers stormed Al-Aqsa in groups and performed Talmudic rituals in its courtyard.
The agency added that the Israeli security forces have tightened their presence and procedures in the area and at the entrances to Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The Palestinians refuse to allow the Jews to enter the Temple Mount and pray there, and consider this step, which they call an “invasion”, a provocation for them.
Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is the first of the two Qiblas and the third of the Two Holy Mosques. The Jews call the site the “Temple Mount” and consider it their holiest religious place.
The Israeli forces control the entrances to the site, which is administered by the Islamic Endowments Department of Jordan.