They said that the fanatic settlers entered the holy compound in groups since early morning and performed rituals and provocative tours through the Islamic holy site, Wafa news agency reported.
Located in occupied Jerusalem al-Quds, the Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site for Muslims. It was also Islam’s first Qibla, the direction towards which Muslims must turn to pray, before that was changed to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia.
Settler incursions into the holy mosque compound coupled with the systematic takeover of church property in Jerusalem al-Quds are perceived as part of a plan to transform a multi-religious and multi-cultural city into a "reunified" Jewish city under the exclusive control and sovereignty of the occupying regime of Israel.
Israel captured East Jerusalem al-Quds, where Al-Aqsa Mosque is located, during the Six-Day War in 1967 in a move never recognized by the international community.