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Groups of Israeli settlers stormed the courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque this morning

Scores of Jewish settlers escorted by police forces entered the Aqsa Mosque on Sunday morning and desecrated its courtyards.

According to local sources, dozens of settlers entered the Mosque in groups through al-Maghariba Gate under police guard and toured its courtyards.

A group of settlers and rabbis gathered in the courtyard of the Dome of the Rock and loudly uttered Talmudic hymns, the sources said.

The 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 worshipers at the entrances leading to the Mosque and their IDs are seized until they leave the holy place.

The Israeli occupation police, who have no jurisdiction over the Aqsa Mosque, also issue or extend arbitrary entry bans ordering Jerusalemite citizens and figures not to enter the Islamic holy site for weeks or months.

Recently after the Islamic Awqaf authority in Jerusalem reopened the Aqsa Mosque to Muslim worshipers following its closure for over two months as a measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Israeli police intentionally intensified the banishment of Palestinian citizens from the Islamic holy site.

During recent weeks, Aqsa entry ban orders were issued against dozens of Jerusalemite figures, Aqsa employees and activists.

Such illegal policy is believed to be part of practices aimed at allowing Jewish settlers to perform rituals without Palestinian opposition and paving the way for the Israeli occupation state to control the holy site.