Over a thousand Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under the protection of armed security yesterday morning to commemorate the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av.
Tisha B’Av notably commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temple which Jews believe were located where the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam, now stands.
Local sources told Ma’an that hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed the Muslim site through the Mughrabi Gate.
Sources added that many of the Israeli settlers performed Jewish religious rituals in the compound, while Israeli police removed several extremist Israeli settlers from the premises.
Sources confirmed that by 11am at least 1,023 right-wing Israeli settlers had stormed the compound.
Meanwhile, heavily armed occupation forces were deployed at the doorways to Al-Aqsa and they set up barriers and confiscated the ID cards of Palestinians before allowing to enter.
Right-wing Member of the Knesset, Yehuda Glick, was seen accompanying a group of settlers on site.
A Palestinian was arrested for raising the Palestinian flag in Al-Aqsa during the settler raids.
Israeli occupation forces arrest a Palestinian teenager for raising the flag of Palestine in Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem. pic.twitter.com/Rlf9dyJTOU
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