Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces in the early morning hours of Friday harassed Palestinian worshipers in their way to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied city of Jerusalem and prevented their access to the mosque.
The Israeli forces prevented hundreds of Palestinians who came from the occupied West Bank earlier today to perform the Al-Fajr prayer (the dawn prayer) from entering the mosque.
The forces then transferred the Palestinians to the Hizma checkpoint.
شرطة الاحتلال تمنع أهالي الضفة القادمين لأداء صلاة الجمعة في المسجد الأقصى من الوصول وتنقلهم إلى حاجز حزما pic.twitter.com/HgWXuCLuPl
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Every Friday, Palestinians from all over the occupied Jerusalem gather in the al-Aqsa mosque and pray al-Fajr. However, the Israeli forces always harass, detain, attack and obstruct their movement to the mosque.
The Al-Aqsa mosque is one of the holiest sites in Islam. It was also Islam’s first Qibla, the direction towards which Muslims must turn to pray, before it was changed to Mecca.
Jews refer to the area as the Temple Mount, claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times. The complex also includes the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the most sacred Christian sites in the world.
Moreover, Israeli occupation authorities allow settler incursions to the mosque since 2003 under the forces protection, despite repeated objections and warnings by the Palestinian religious authorities as the visits provoke worshippers of the mosque.
Israeli forces always facilitate and protect the settlers breaking into the holy site while preventing Palestinian worshipers from entering it, assaulting and detaining them.
2754 extremist Israeli settlers broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied City of Jerusalem during the month of October only.