Dozens of illegal Israeli settlers, headed by Member of the Knesset for the extremist Likud party, America-born rabbi Yehuda Glick, on Wednesday morning, broke into the courtyards of the al-Aqsa Mosque Compound via the Mughrabi (Moroccan) Gate.
Jerusalemite sources reported that Israeli military troops spread, in the early morning hours of the day, into the courtyards of the mosque and at its gates, so as to fully protect the settlers storming the grounds.
The Director of the Information at Jerusalemâ€™s Islamic Endowments Department, Firas al-Debs, stated that Glick, along with dozens of settlers, stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque and provocatively toured its courtyards.
Itâ€™s noteworthy that Glick is among the Israeli extremists calling for taking control of Al-Aqsa, intensifying the raids upon it, and imposing the reality of a spatial and temporal division.
Al-Debs further noted that Israeli police, stationed at the entrances to the mosque, continue to impose strict procedures on Palestinians seeking to enter.
Al Ray’s sources added that worshipers, educational students, and guards of Al-Aqsa Mosque who were present, there, defended it with chanting, and hindered the settlers from roaming it freely.
The sources also noted that Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is exposed, on a daily basis, to the intrusions of Israeli settlers, who perform Talmudic rituals and desecrate its sanctity.
(edited for the IMEMC by c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g)