Published: 2018-09-19 11:34
Last Updated: 2018-09-19 11:58
A group of settlers stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the holy site of Jerusalem, on Wednesday.
The Director General of the Awqaf and Islamic Affairs in Jerusalem, Sheikh Azzam Al Khatib, said that the raids were carried out by large and successive groups of Israeli settlers entering from the Dung Gate, also known as Mughrabi Gate, wearing traditional Talmudic attire and guarded by a large deployment of Israeli special forces, who were keeping them protected.
Today's incursions coincide with Talmudic Yom Kippur, amid calls from the Temple for supporters and settlers to extensively participate in this incursion, and to practice and perform rites of Jewish prayers on the premises.
Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year in Judaism, where Jewish people fast for approximately 25 hours, pray intensively and repent of their sins.