Pictures- Arrests…hundreds of settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque
October 16, 2019

On Wednesday, hundreds of settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque on the third day of “Sukkot” holiday, while the occupation forces arrested the preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ismaeel Nawahda, one young man and three women. 
The Islamic Awqaf Department explained that 906 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa on Wednesday; 611 during the morning incursions period and 295 in the afternoon, in the form of groups through Dung Gate, and under heavy protection from the occupation forces, officers and policemen.
During the morning incursions, the Minister of Agriculture in the Israeli occupation government, Uri Ariel, accompanied by dozens of extremist settlers stormed Al-Aqsa.
The settlers performed their prayers inside Al-Aqsa courtyards and outside its gates, especially Al-Silsileh Gate, where they formed dancing and singing rings and carried "palm fronds and fruit."
At Al-Silsileh Gate, from the outside, settlers assaulted worshippers that are banned from entering Al-Aqsa and were stationed at the gate and insulted them. They tried to obstruct the work of journalists during their coverage and filming of incursions. In the afternoon, the Israeli occupation forces assaulted the women and arrested three of them, including Madeleine Issa, Hanadi Halawani, and Aida Sidawi, knowing that they are banned from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque by military decisions for periods ranging from 4-6 months.
The forces arrested a young man from the courtyards of Al-Aqsa after assaulting him during the afternoon incursions period. 
They also arrested Sheikh Ismaeel Nawahda, Imam and preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque, while passing through Qalandia military checkpoint north of Jerusalem, and transferred him for investigation at Al-Maskobyeh police center in West Jerusalem.