Israeli forces have continued the tight siege and restrictions imposed on Al-Aqsa Mosque and banned Palestinian worshippers from entering the mosque, for the third day in a row.For the third day in a row, Israeli occupation police have been heavily deployed near Al-Aqsa gates, the Old City and near Al-Buraq Wall. They also locked all the mosque gates except for three, which are Al-Silsila gate, Hutta and Al-Majles gates.

Forces prevented the entry of all people under the age of 50 to Al-Aqsa, and seized IDs, the media coordinator of Al-Aqsa and Jerusalem affairs center, Mahmoud Abu Atta, reported.

According to Al Ray, Israeli special forces detained a Palestinian woman inside Al-Aqsa mosque, after brutally assaulting her. The woman was taken to Al-Silsila police center for interrogation. They also detained another woman and young man in front of Al-majles gate, while they searched the bags of the religious schools students before they entered the mosque.

Around 166 Israeli settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque in the morning, from Al-Maghriba Gate and guarded by tight police forces, touring in different parts of the mosque yards.

Abu Atta also explained that worshipers confronted the incursions of settlers with Takbeer chaniting,, preventing them performing their Talmudic prayers at the mosque.

In a related context, Palestinian women continued their presence near the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque, especially near Al-Silsila gate, protesting against preventing them entering the mosque.

It is noteworthy that since the start of the Jewish holidays in the 13th of September, Al-Aqsa mosque was exposed to a systematic series of incursions and attacks by Israeli settlers and occupation forces, amid tight restrictions imposed on the worshipers, in an attempt to fully control the mosque and partition it temporally and spatially.

See IMEMC article 72920 for further info on Al Aqsa.