Israeli forces deployed at Al-Aqsa as settlers storm mosque

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OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM – On September 17, 2023, at 10:04 a.m., hundreds of Israeli police officers and occupation forces were deployed both inside and outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque to prepare for and protect Israeli settlers' incursions. Simultaneously, these forces restricted the entry of Palestinian worshippers below the age of 50.اضافة اعلان

Israeli settlers stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Moroccan Gate under heavy Israeli police guard. The police continued to limit the entry of Palestinians into the mosque and their movement within its courtyards, media sources reported.

Since the early morning hours, hundreds of settlers gathered at the Moroccan Gate in preparation for the incursion organized by alleged "Temple Mount" groups, marking the Hebrew New Year. According to the Islamic Waqf Department, Israeli forces have allowed a large number of settlers to enter the courtyards of the mosque, while assaulting Muslim worshippers. Israeli forces violently attacked the stationed Abu Bakr al-Shami and the women stationed, Nafisa Khweis and Aida al-Saydawi, at the Chain Gate of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Israeli settlers conducted Talmudic rituals in various neighborhoods and streets of occupied Jerusalem's Old City. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center reported that settlers performed Talmudic rituals on the Wadi al-Wadi Road, one of the routes leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque, and engaged in provocative dances.

The center also reported that dozens of settlers performed Talmudic rituals near the Chain Gate and Hatta Gate.

These events occurred simultaneously with the incursion of hundreds of settlers into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where the occupation authorities removed Palestinian worshippers and those stationed there and arrested several people in the courtyards.

Hundreds of police officers and occupation forces were deployed both inside and outside the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque to facilitate the settlers' incursions and protect them. Simultaneously, these forces tightened restrictions on Palestinian worshippers, preventing those under 50 years of age from entering for prayers.

Israeli police worked to clear the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque of Palestinians, expelling dozens of them. Additionally, Israeli forces arrested two young men from the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque in conjunction with the settlers' incursion, coinciding with the Hebrew New Year.

"Temple Mount" organizations are continuing to mobilize and plan large-scale incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the current Jewish holidays in September and the upcoming ones in October.

In response, Jerusalem activists, along with those banned from Al-Aqsa Mosque, called for mobilization in Jerusalem and to head to Al-Aqsa Mosque to confront the settlers' incursions during the Jewish holidays.

It is worth noting that the Jewish holiday period coincides with heightened security measures in occupied Jerusalem, including an intensive presence of Israeli police officers in the Old City and around the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to secure the incursions and out of fear of escalating situations and potential operations against the occupation and settlers in the city.

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