At least 123 Jewish settlers on Thursday morning stormed the Aqsa Mosque in Occupied Jerusalem and desecrated its courtyards under police escort.
According to the Islamic Awqaf Department in Jerusalem, 70 students of Jewish religious institutes were among the groups of settlers who entered the Mosque through al-Maghariba Gate and toured its courtyards.
Meanwhile, 11 intelligence officers defiled and toured the Aqsa Mosque’s main prayer buildings in the morning.
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.