Occupied Jerusalem, MINA – Jerusalem’s Islamic Awqaf (endowment) department on Wednesday said in a statement that 3,809 Israeli settlers broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque in July under the protection of Israeli police, PIC reported.
The Islamic Awqaf affirmed that this number is the largest recorded in just one month, saying that it indicates an increase in the Israeli violations targeting Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Last Friday, on the first anniversary of Al-Aqsa Mosque protests against the metal detectors installed at its gates, the Israeli police broke into the Mosque following Friday prayer and fired sound bombs at Palestinian worshipers injuring dozens of them.
The Israeli police further arrested 24 Palestinians after severely beating them. All of the detainees, except five youths whose detention was extended, were banned from visiting al-Aqsa Mosque for several weeks.
During the same month, three Jerusalemite women were banned from entering al-Aqsa Mosque for two weeks. Al-Aqsa guards were also arrested and interrogated several times in July.
The Israeli police allow settlers to visit Al-Aqsa Mosque twice a day: in the morning and the afternoon. Fridays and Saturdays are the only days with no scheduled settler break-ins.(R/R04/RS5)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)