Published: 2017-07-30 15:31
Last Updated: 2017-07-30 15:31
140 Israeli settlers were reported to have broken into Al Aqsa Mosque’s courtyard today, according to the Jerusalem Awqaf Directorate. The tour, which has been described as “provocative” by the Jerusalem Awqaf, was conducted with the presence of heavily-armed Israeli forces. The settlers, who were accompanied by radical hakhams, toured the courtyards of Al Aqsa, with their escorting Israeli forces personnel threatening to detain custodians of the Mosque should they interfere with the tour or approach the settlers. Three days ago, as thousands of Palestinians celebrated the lifting of the stringent security measures Israeli authorities imposed on worshipers at Al Aqsa after a 12-day Palestinian boycott, Israeli forces and police broke into the Mosque’s courtyards and arrested hundreds and injured dozens of worshipers. Israel came to apply these security measures after three Palestinian attacked and killed two Israeli policemen at Al Aqsa two weeks ago. The assailants were killed and Friday prayers were banned from being held in Al Aqsa for the first time since 1967.