Dozens of Israeli settlers, on Tuesday, stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque for the second day in a row, from the direction of the Mughrabi Gate, on the second day of the Jewish New Year holiday.
The Islamic Endowment Authority in Jerusalem reported that dozens of settlers stormed the mosque in successive groups, and performed Talmudic rituals under the strict protection of the occupation police.
The Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) reported that the Israeli forces launched a drone over Al-Aqsa Mosque, coinciding with the settlers’ incursions.
This is the second storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in two days, as dozens of settlers stormed the Temple Mount, on Monday, amid tight protection from the police and Israeli forces.
3 Palestinians were wounded after Israeli forces attacked worshipers near Bab Al-Asbat in the Old City of Jerusalem, the Palestinian Red Crescent said on Monday.
Comprehensive security collar
The Israeli army had announced the imposition of a comprehensive “security cordon” on the West Bank during the Jewish holidays and the closure of checkpoints with Gaza from New Year’s Eve on September 25 until October 18.
On the eve of the Jewish New Year holiday, Sunday, the Israeli police raised the state of alert and deployed thousands of its members in the vicinity of Jerusalem, checkpoints along the seam line, places of entertainment, synagogues and other crowded places.
On Tuesday, the Israeli police continued to prevent worshipers under the age of forty from entering Al-Aqsa mosque or performing the dawn prayer inside the Temple Mount, after it had prevented them from praying on Monday.
The police emptied the chapels and courtyards of the compound of Palestinian worshipers to secure the settlers’ incursions into the compound to celebrate the Jewish New Year.