More than 120 Jewish settlers entered Al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday morning. Al-Aqsa Foundation for Islamic Endowments and Heritage said that several groups of illegal settlers entered the Noble Sanctuary from Al-Magharebeh Gate and spread around the compound in several places. There, it is reported, they established religious study circles and performed a number of prayers.
Witnesses who took video and still photographs of this latest incursion at Al-Aqsa Mosque said that the settlers were protected by heavily armed Israeli security officers. The settlers nearly came to blows with Muslims attending the midday prayers at the mosque.
Al-Aqsa Foundation warned of "the increasing Israeli aggression against Al-Aqsa Mosque, including incursions and profanities by Jewish groups and Israeli soldiers in the run-up to this weekend's alleged anniversary of the destruction of the Jewish temple.
Stressing the importance of popular resistance to such incursions by extremist Jewish groups, Al-Aqsa Foundation called on Palestinians "to attend as early as possible and stay in Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to protect it".