Hundreds of Jewish settlers forced their way into East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Wednesday, according to a Palestinian official.
“Over 542 Jewish extremists stormed the compound since morning,” Al-Aqsa Mosque Director Omar Kiswani told Anadolu Agency.
He said the settlers broke into the compound through Al-Mugharbah gate under the protection of Israeli security forces.
“The settlers toured the compound and preformed Talmudic rituals near the Dome of the Rock mosque,” he said.
Kiswani said Israeli police restricted the entry of Muslim men into the compound by confiscating their ID cards at the mosque gates.
Since 30 March, over 2,040 Israeli settlers forced their way into the compound as part of celebrations of the Jewish Passover holiday, which ends on April 7.