(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Dozens of Jewish settlers started Sunday morning to flock into the courtyards of the Aqsa Mosque at the invitation of the right-wing Likud party to celebrate the occupation of east Jerusalem.
According to the Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage, a group of about 25 settlers desecrated this morning the Aqsa Mosque and walked in its courtyards amid expectations that seven extremist Knesset members will also defile the sanctity of the Islamic holy Mosque.
These Jewish break-ins at the Aqsa Mosque are carried out under tight military and security protection, and amid restrictions imposed on all Muslim worshipers and citizens in the holy city.
A large numbers of Israeli soldiers and policemen are seen deployed throughout the holy city and around the Aqsa Mosque.
The preparatory committee of the popular conference on Jerusalem urged all Palestinians who have access to the holy city to be present in the morning at the Aqsa Mosque to thwart any Israeli attempt to violate its sanctity.
Knesset members from the Likud had declared recently their intention to break into the Aqsa Mosque on this day to call for building the alleged temple on the ruins of the Aqsa Mosque.
For his part, head of the higher council of Islamic courts in Palestine Sheikh Yousuf Adeis called on the Palestinian people to beware of the Jewish schemes against the Aqsa Mosque and to be present all day and night inside it to protect it.
Sheikh Adeis urged the Arab League, the organization of Islamic cooperation and the international community to immediately move to protect the Aqsa Mosque and the Palestinians against the settlers' violations.
He stressed the city of Jerusalem is an Arab Islamic city and the Aqsa Mosque, with all its premises, gates and walls including the Buraq wall, belongs only to Muslims.