Former Israeli Minister of Internal Security and Shin Bet director Avi Dichter, on Wednesday morning, stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque under strict guard of Israeli occupation police.
PNN sources confirmed that Dichter, accompanied by a group of settlers and guarded by occupation forces stormed Al-Aqsa and made several provocative rounds in the courtyards.
It is the third holiest site in Islam and also venerated as Judaismâ€™s most holy place, alleged to be the original site of Solomonâ€™s Temple. Disputes surrounding visitation to the site have historically flared tensions in the occupied Palestinian territory.
In 2003, the Israeli government unilaterally decided â€” despite the objections of the Islamic Endowments Department â€” to allow non-Muslim visitors into the complex.
Since then, under increasingly right-wing Israeli governments, extremist Jewish settlers have been allowed into the site in ever greater numbers â€” usually protected by Israeli security forces â€” while Palestinian access to the site has become increasingly restricted.
The number of Israeli settlers storming the holy site has risen sinceÂ US president Donald Trumpâ€™s declaration of occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.Â Members of the so-called â€śTemple Mountâ€ť movement have been publicly calling its followers to participate in wide scale mass raids on the holy site.