JERUSALEM, Sunday, October 30, 2022 (WAFA) – Scores of police-guarded Israeli settlers today broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem in groups and performed rituals throughout its courtyards, according to witnesses.
Witnesses told WAFA that scores of Israeli settlers entered the compound through the Moroccan Gate in groups and performed rituals and Talmudic prayers there under the protection of Israeli police officers.
Since 2003, the Israeli occupation authorities have allowed settlers into the compound almost on a daily basis, with the exception of Fridays and Saturdays, in a breach of the status quo at the holy site.
Last month alone, 4,426 Israeli settlers made their way into the holy site and prayed there, in violation of the historic status quo and signed agreements banning non-Muslim prayers at the holy site.
Israel captured East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa Mosque is located, during the Six-Day War in 1967 in a move never recognized by the international community.