AL-QUDS, PALESTINOW.COM — A least 200 Jewish settlers desecrated the Aqsa Mosque’s courtyards on Sunday morning under tight police protection, amid expectations of more settlers’ break-ins.
According to local sources, the settlers entered the Mosque in groups and carried out provocative tours while receiving explanations about the alleged temple mount and attempting to perform rituals.
Israeli agriculture minister Uri Ariel was among the settlers and gave an incendiary speech calling for building the temple mount in place of the Aqsa Mosque.
Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation police intensified their security measures at the Aqsa Mosque, imposing entry restrictions on Muslim worshipers and preventing them from staying in certain areas for the protection of the settlers.
Extremist Jewish groups recently incited its followers to participate in mass break-ins at the Aqsa Mosque to mark the Jewish new year.
Right-wing Knesset members, ministers and top government officials are expected to participate in the settlers’ mass break-ins at the Aqsa Mosque nowadays.