Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Dozens of colonial Israeli settlers broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday to mark the so-called Jewish New Year which began over the weekend.
Local sources reported that dozens of colonial Israeli settlers, backed by well-armed Israeli soldiers, broke into the holy site, with dozens others expected to break into the compound in the coming hours to mark the second day of the Jewish New Year.
The forces again attacked, arrested and forced the Palestinian worshipers out of the Al-Aqsa compound.
On Monday morning, hundreds of settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa compound from the al-Mughrabi Gate under strict restrictions imposed by the occupation forces to facilitate the settlers’ incursions.
The Israeli forces barred Palestinians under the age of 40 from entering the Al-Aqsa, checking their ID cards and erecting barriers in different areas of the Old City. They had also barricaded several gates leading to Al-Aqsa mosque, including the Damascus Gate, the Via Dolorosa route and other entry points to Al-Aqsa.
The forces had deployed a surveillance plane in the sky of the occupied city to monitor the movement of people in the city who had climbed on top of Al-Qibli mosque inside the Al-Aqsa compound.
According to Jerusalem’s Islamic Waqf, around 504 Israeli settlers on Monday broke into the site in groups of 50 people and left through the al-Silsila gate, while Israeli forces barred Palestinian entry to the site.
During and before the break-ins, Waqf said that Israeli forces had assaulted Palestinians in the Al-Aqsa, arrested six Palestinians and drove some of them out, fired tear gas canisters inside the site and blockaded the worshipers inside prayer halls in an attempt to empty the holy site of its worshipers to secure the entry of the Israeli colonial settlers.
Video footage of an older Palestinian man lost consciousness when Israeli forces pushed him and he fell on his head on concrete stairs has gone viral on social media with Palestinians and pro-Palestine activists condemning the savage attack.
Some settlers were filmed blowing the shofar, an ancient musical horn, outside the gates of Al-Aqsa and in Bab Al-Rahmah cemetery.
Israeli forces also attacked and brutally assaulted journalists and press members who were documenting their violations, including the head of the Turkish Anadolu Agency office in Jerusalem, Anas Janli who was pushed to the ground.
The forces also denied the access of medical teams to the site to treat people.
Israeli settlers are expected to break into Al-Aqsa in the upcoming weeks in great numbers as they mark the Jewish New Year this week (from September 25 to 27), Yom Kippur on October 5 and Sukkot between 10 and 17 October.
(Source / 27.09.2022)