A total of 132 settlers under the protection of Israeli police forced their way into Al-Aqsa complex through Al-Magharbeh and Hotta gates, General Director of Muslim Endowments and Al-Aqsa Affairs Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib said.
“A group of 10 settlers mounted on the roof of the Dome of the Rock Mosque and tried to perform Talmudic rituals but Palestinian guards managed to prevent them,” he added.
Others toured the holy compound passing by Al-Qibali and Al-Marwani mosques before leaving the complex through Al-Silsileh gate, he added.
Outside the compound, he said, a group of settlers attacked three Muslim women and tried to pour hot tea on them.
The Israeli authorities also detained three Palestinians – two men and a woman – when the latter tried to enter the compound.
In recent months, groups of settlers – often accompanied by Israeli security forces – have repeatedly forced their way into the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.