In October only, 2754 Israeli settlers broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- 2754 extremist Israeli settlers broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied City of Jerusalem during the month of October only, according to the Maydan al-Quds Network.

The network documented that 2754 settlers broke into the holy site last October while the Israeli Occupation Forces prevented hundreds of Palestinians coming from the occupied West Bank from reaching the mosque, thus they were forced to pray in the Bab al-Amud plaza.

The network also documented the Israeli forces’ preventing a bus of worshipers, coming from Umm Al Fahm in the 1948-occupied territories, from visiting Al Aqsa mosque claiming that they will cause “incitement and unrest”.

Moreover, last month, in an unprecedented decision, an Israeli judge ruled that silent prayer by Israeli settlers at al-Aqsa mosque compound was not a “criminal act”.

The network documented 240 arrest incidents of Palestinians in Jerusalem by Israeli forces, including 8 women and dozens children, pointing out that most of the arrests took place in the Bab al-Amud plaza which became the scene of a battle and tensions that included large numbers of Israeli police officers and forces, including mounted ones who wield water cannons to disperse Palestinians gatherings at the site, attack and detain them.

The network also noted the daily incursions of the settlers to the holy site.

Israeli occupation authorities allow settler incursions to the mosque since 2003 under the forces protection, despite repeated objections and warnings by the Palestinian religious authorities as the visits provoke worshippers of the mosque.

Israeli forces always facilitate and protect the settlers breaking into the holy site while preventing Palestinian worshipers from entering it, assaulting and detaining them.

The Al-Aqsa mosque is one of the holiest sites in Islam. It was also Islam’s first Qibla, the direction towards which Muslims must turn to pray, before it was changed to Mecca.

Jews refer to the area as the Temple Mount, claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times. The complex also includes the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the most sacred Christian sites in the world.

(Source / 01.11.2021)

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