Pictures: 368 settlers break into Al-Aqsa Mosque…deporting five young men from the Old City of Jerusalem
April 12, 2017

Dozens of settlers broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday, the second day of the Jewish Passover holiday, under heavy protection by the occupation forces. Meanwhile, the Israeli authorities deported five young Jerusalemites men from the Old City of Jerusalem.

Firas Dibs, head of public relations in the Islamic Awqaf department, said that 368 settlers broke into the morning (291) and afternoon (77) break-in sessions through Dung Gate. Settlers were protected by the occupation forces as they accompanied them during their tour; some were deployed in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa.

Settlers attempted to practice their religious rituals during their tour as one of them laid on the ground; he was confronted by Al-Aqsa guards and was evacuated by the Israeli police. After finishing their tours and, they formed dancing and singing circles outside the gates of Al-Aqsa. Some of the settlers had stickers with them saying “ascend to Temple Mount”.

Settlers also practiced their religious rituals at Al-Silsileh and Al-Qataneen gates (Al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates) where they received explanations about the temple mount.

On the other hand, the occupation authorities deported five young men from the Old City of Jerusalem. Lawyer Mohammad Mahmoud explained that Mohammad Zghayyar, Jihad Qos and Rawhi Kulghasi were deported until next Wednesday while Ahmad Joudeh and Mustafa Abu Rmeileh were deported for 15 days; a 2000-NIS fine was imposed on them.