Dozens of settlers escorted by police forces on Thursday morning desecrated the Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.
According to the Islamic Awqaf Administration, 40 settlers entered the Mosque in groups through al-Maghariba Gate and toured its courtyards.
Extremist rabbi Yehuda Glick and former Knesset member Moshe Feiglin were among the groups who defile the Mosque.
10 intelligence officers also stormed and toured the Mosque’s prayer buildings in the morning.
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.