A group of Israeli settlers entered that Al Aqsa Mosque on Thursday, in occupied East Jerusalem, under the protection of dozens of Israeli soldiers. The settlers were marking the â€śHanukkahâ€ť Jewish feast; no clashes were reported.The Palestine News Network (PNN) reported that head of the Islamic Waqf Department,Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib, told its reporter that approximately 120 settlers entered the mosque under the guise of an Israeli â€śforeign tourism programâ€ť.
The settlers and the soldiers entered the mosque through the Al Mughrabi Gate and exited the mosque through the Al Silsila (Chain) Gate.
Al-Khatib stated that no clashes were reported between the Muslim worshipers at the mosque and the settlers.
PNN stated that Al-Khatib said that he is â€śsorry that the settlers chose to mark their feast in such a mannerâ€ť.
He added that the Waqf department rejects such programs conducted by the Israeli Tourism Ministry as they lead to provocation.