Protest at al-Aqsa (archive image)

On Monday, 226 Israeli Settlers stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque while accompanied by a squadron of Israeli police. In 2016, protests  erupted at the embattled area after Israeli sSettlers invaded the compound during the last 10 days of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, in contravention of tradition.

The Islamic Endowments Department in Jerusalem reported that the intruders wandered brazenly in the courtyards of the mosque.

The Settlers entered the area through the Mughrabi Gate and made their way to the courtyard of the chapel of Mercy.

They wandered the al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards, attended presentations on what they cal the “Temple Mount” and then left the site through al-Silsila Gate.

Meanwhile, Israeli police forces imposed tight restrictions on the Palestinian worshipers entering the site and ordered many of them to stay outside. This not an isolated incident.

On February 23rd, Israeli police had killed a young Palestinian man in the grounds of al-Aqsa.

On February 15th, a group of Palestinian worshipers were brutally attacked by Israeli occupation soldiers and prevented them from reaching the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque. .

In January, Israeli authorities banned the imam of the mosque from entering alAqsa for four months.

Israeli Settlers aggression has increased in frequency in recent years.  Settlers have stated their intent to seize al-Aqsa  and  turn it into a Jewish temple.