Islamic Waqf: 292 Jewish settlers raid Al-Aqsa Mosque

Palestinians gather to demonstrate of support for Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque - Rafah, Gaza (Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency)

Middle East Monitor  /  January 16, 2023

Some 292 extremist Jewish settlers raided, on Sunday, Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Occupied city of Jerusalem, under the heavy protection from the Israeli police, Islamic Waqf of the holy city said.

According to the Islamic Waqf, the settlers raided the Islamic holy site through the Al-Maghariba Gate and performed Talmudic rituals inside the Sanctuary Yards.

Since 2003, the Israeli Occupation authorities have been allowing settlers into Al-Aqsa Mosque almost every day, except on Friday – the Muslim day of rest and worship.

The Islamic Waqf has repeatedly described the settlers’ presence in Al-Aqsa Mosque as “provocative”, saying that Palestinian worshippers and guards of Al-Aqsa Mosque “feel uncomfortable with the presence of Israeli police and settlers touring the Islamic holy site”.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, home of Al-Aqsa Mosque, in 1967 in a move never recognized by the international community.