Dozens of Jewish settlers escorted by police forces on Wednesday morning desecrated the Aqsa Mosque in Occupied Jerusalem.
39 settlers, including 47 students of Jewish institutes, and seven intelligence officers defiled the Mosque in the morning, according to the Islamic Awqaf Administration.
Former Israeli minister of agriculture Uri Ariel was among the settlers who toured the Mosque’s courtyards under police escort.
The Aqsa Mosque is exposed to daily desecration by Jewish settlers and police forces in the morning and the afternoon except on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Israeli police close al-Maghariba Gate, which is used by Jews to enter the Mosque, at 10:30 am after the settlers complete their morning tours at the holy site. Later in the afternoon, the same gate is reopened for evening tours by settlers.
During the presence of settlers inside the Mosque compound, entry restrictions are imposed on Muslim worshipers at the entrances leading to the Mosque and their IDs are seized until they leave the holy place.