Israeli settlers have once again stormed their way into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem), forcing Muslim worshipers out of the site, Press TV reports.
The Israelis entered the al-Aqsa Mosque early Wednesday morning and took by force the worshippers who were in the compound and forced them out.
The Palestinians were, therefore, forced to perform their prayers outside the mosque. The Israelis continue to prevent Palestinians under the age of 50 from entering the compound.
It is the third day of the Israeli Jewish holiday known as Sukkot, and Tel Aviv authorities are expecting that hundreds of Israeli settlers will force their way through the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
Two days earlier, Israeli forces were deployed to the area for the holiday, leading to clashes with Palestinians.
Israeli forces are seen during clashes with Palestinians in al-Quds (Jerusalem), September 28, 2015. (Photo by AFP)
The confrontations followed a wave of violence that saw Israeli settlers and soldiers attacking Palestinian worshipers in the compound following the deployment of Israeli troops to the area for the Jewish Rosh Hashanah New Year holiday, which was celebrated earlier in the month for two days.
Over the last two months, Israel has intermittently prevented Muslim presence at the compound during visits by the Israeli settlers and officials. Palestinians have complained that Tel Aviv is seeking to establish Muslim-free Jewish visiting hours.
The inflammation of the tensions has raised fears of spiraling violence and prompted international calls for calm.