IOF storm Al-Aqsa, prevent worshipers from entering compound
At the beginning of the celebrations of Jewish holidays, Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque under the heavy protection of occupation forces.
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque to secure the settlers' incursions, and prevented men under the age of 40 from entering the compound to perform the Fajr (dawn) prayer, Al Mayadeen's correspondent reported Monday.
On Thursday, Israeli right-wing extremist Knesset member Itamar Ben Gvir stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque amid restrictions on the entry of worshipers, and toured the mosque's courtyards, starting from the Mughrabi Gate, guarded by the occupation forces.
Ben Gvir is one of the most notorious Israeli politicians, as he is infamous for constantly carrying out provocative tours in Al-Aqsa mosque and rallying illegal Israeli settlers that call for the death of Arabs and Palestinians alike while chanting racist slogans and slurs against Muslims and Arabs.
Before Ben Gvir stormed Al-Aqsa, the occupation police tightened their presence at the gates of Al-Aqsa and prevented entry to it, especially from the Qattanin Gate.
At the door of the Council Gate (Bab Al-Majlis), the IOF detained the worshipers and prevented them from entering it.
This comes on the eve of Jewish holidays, amid calls to organize mass incursions by settlers into Al-Aqsa during the holiday's three-week period that began on Sunday.
On the other hand, Palestinian institutions called for intensifying the presence of Palestinians in Al-Aqsa Mosque during this period.
Hamas: Amping up resistance in West Bank foiled enemy's schemes
In the same context, the Hamas movement called Sunday for the amping up the acts of resistance to thwart the Israeli plans against the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The movement's spokesperson, Hazem Qassem, said in a press statement that ramping up the acts of resistance in the occupied West Bank and the '48 occupied Palestinian territories is enough to thwart Israeli plans against Al-Aqsa Mosque.
He added that the gatherings and stationing in Al-Aqsa Mosque will fail the occupation's plans, stressing that the extremist incursions under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces must be met with more of these gatherings and stationing.
He continued to say that the Palestinian people will protect Al-Aqsa Mosque with every means possible, while stressing that the "key to the victory of the Palestinian people" is stationing at the Mosque, adding that "with their unity and resistance, the occupation plans in Al-Aqsa will be thwarted."
It is noteworthy that celebrations of the "Hebrew New Year" are scheduled to start Monday, followed by the "Yom Kippur" celebrations on October 5.