AA / Jerusalem
Dozens of Israeli settlers renewed their foray into the al-Aqsa mosque on Wednesday, under escort of the Israeli police.
The Jerusalem Islamic Endowments Department said in a brief statement, a copy of which was viewed by the Anadolu Agency, that 61 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque this morning, escorted by Israeli police.
Eyewitnesses told The Anadolu Agency that the incursions were marked by attempts by a number of settlers to perform Jewish religious rituals during their incursion.
More settlers are expected to storm the mosque after the midday prayer.
The incursions take place in two stages, in the morning and after the midday prayer, via the Maghreb Gate, located in the western wall of the mosque esplanade, with an escort and access facilitated by the Israeli police.
The latter began authorizing incursions in 2003, despite repeated condemnations from the Islamic Endowments Department in Jerusalem.
* Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni
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