13,757 Israelis have forced their way through to al Aqsa mosque in 2014
The clear and present threats against Al-Aqsa have continued to be apparent this week by the violent trespass of at least 37 illegal settlers.
The mosque was stormed through the Mughrabi gate. Sheikh Omar Kiswani, the director of Al Aqsa mosque, told Al Ray that at the extremists entered the compound in groups of six, while under the armed protection of occupation forces.
They launched attacks on Palestinian guards within the compound and attempted performing a Jewish prayer ritual, before they were forced to withdraw by Palestinians defending their holy site.
While these illegal trespassers continue to force entry, Palestinians wanting to pray at the mosque are only allowed to do so after handing their identity cards to the occupation soldiers. This comes with great risk as the soldiers can decide to keep them at a whim.
The incident came a day after occupation forces destroyed a building and Palestinian businesses in occupied East Jerusalem.
Bulldozers backed by 300 troops entered the Shufaat area of the city to demolish at least twenty commercial structures, the Anadolu Agency reported.
A statement by the Al Aqsa Foundation for Endowment on Thursday said more than 2,708 Israelis had stormed the mosque complex in October and November.
In October alone, at least 1,411 settlers, 104 soldiers and 83 intelligence agents had violated the sanctuary.
A total of 13,757 Israelis have forced their way through to the mosque in 2014, an increase of more than a thousand compared to 2013.
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