Two members of the Knesset and dozens of settlers break into Al-Aqsa Mosque
August 29, 2017

Two members of the Israeli Knesset and dozens of settlers broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday morning under the protection of occupation forces who were heavily deployed in the courtyards.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that the extremist right-wing member of Knesset, Yehuda Glick, and member of Knesset Shuli M’alem from the Jewish House party broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque along with dozens of settlers through Dung Gate that is controlled by the occupation authorities since the occupation of Jerusalem.

The center added that Glick broke-in with the second group while M’alem joined the third group and were both accompanied by dozens of officers and Special Forces. They conducted a tour starting at Dung Gate and passing through the courtyards and the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque before exiting through Al-Silsileh Gate; the forces isolated journalists and locals from the areas around the settlers.

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, had approved allowing Knesset members to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday, after being denied entry for a year and a half. If the visit passes smoothly, the next steps will be considered, Netanyahu said.

Firas Dibs, head of public relations and media in the Islamic Awqaf department, explained that 97 settlers broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque through Dung Gate on Tuesday.