Dozens of extremist settlers stormed, on Wednesday morning, the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, through the Mughrabi Gate.

Sources in Jerusalem reported, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, that  17 settlers,  guarded by Israeli special forces,  stormed Al-Aqsa courtyards in the morning.

While a number of illegal Israeli settlers tried to perform Talmudic rituals, the worshipers and students of Quran inside Al-Aqsa yards faced them with shouts and Takbeer.

Extremist Israeli settlers and politicians have been violating the sanctity of Al Aqsa Mosque on an almost daily basis, and always under the protection of armed occupation forces who often attack Palestinian worshipers who try to protect their holy site.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam and also venerated as Judaism’s most holy place, alleged to be the original site of Solomon’s Temple. Disputes surrounding visitation to the site have historically flared tensions in the occupied Palestinian territory.

In 2003, the Israeli government unilaterally decided — despite the objections of the Islamic Endowments Department — 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 — usually protected by Israeli security forces — while Palestinian access to the site has become increasingly restricted.

Christians outside of the Levant remain divided on the issue, as biblical end times prophecy states: “I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.” ~Revelation 21:22

However, settler attacks on Christian holy sites have been progressive in recent years, and are on the increase.

Also of interest — 2015: A Dangerous Escalation at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Ramadan 2016: Harassment, Collective Punishment and Settlement Expansions in the Occupied West Bank

Rabbi Lau: 3rd Temple Can be Built Without Destroying Al Aqsa