Israeli Settlers breach Al-Aqsa, escalating East Jerusalem tensions.
Numerous Israelis entered the mosque in groups through the Al-Mughrabi Gate in the western wall of Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to eyewitness accounts provided to Anadolu.
Sukkot, a seven-day festival, began on September 29 and will last until October 6, capping off a season of Jewish holidays that began with the observance of Rosh Hashanah (New Year) on September 15.
During times of incursions, police have imposed age restrictions and barred young Palestinians from the mosque, they continued.
According to a representative of the Islamic waqf, or endowment department, more than 1,100 settlers assaulted the compound on Monday, conducted tours of the mosque’s courtyards, and sought to carry out “Talmudic rituals.”
Despite persistent Palestinian protests, Israeli authorities started to let settler intrusions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in 2003.
The third holiest place in the world for Muslims is the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Jews refer to the region as the Temple Mount and say that two Jewish temples formerly stood there.