JERUSALEM: Israeli agriculture minister Uri Ariel accompanied by dozens of settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem yesterday.
Director of the Information Department of the Islamic Endowments Department in Jerusalem, Firas Al-Debs, said that during the raid Israeli police escorted the minister.
Al-Debs said that the Mughrabi Gate was shut after the occupation security forces allowed 56 settlers to enter Al-Aqsa in separate groups. The Mughrabi gate has been under Israeli control since it occupied the city in 1967.
He said that some 20 official of the Jewish country entered the holy mosque. He added that some 17 students of Hebrew religious institutes also accompanied the raiders.
This is not the first time for Ariel to storm the Muslim holy site. He stormed the mosque with protection from armed guards in November 2018 and January.
The Israeli incursions are usually carried out on morning and evening periods, four and half hours each. They take place on a daily basis except for Fridays and Saturdays.