Israel Police Commander Yoram Levy was among a group of settlers who stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque this morning, local media reported.
The official accessed the Muslim holy site through the Mughrabi Gate at 7:30am. Special units and rapid intervention forces were deployed across the mosque's courtyards to protect the settlers while Muslim worshippers were subjected to tightened security checks.
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The Director General of the Department of Islamic Endowments and Al Aqsa Mosque Sheikh, Azzam Al-Khatib, told the Palestinian news site Safa that the commander of the Israeli police brigade was accompanied by dozens of extremists and officers when he stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque.Occupation forces detained the ID cards of Muslim worshippers entering the mosque and subjected them to security checks.