Birds fly in front of the Dome of the Rock shrine at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, as people gather before the start of the first Friday noon prayer of the fasting month of Ramadan, on March 24, 2023. AFP
It said the extremists stormed the compound in groups during the early morning hours and performed Jewish rituals within its walled yards despite a decades-old agreement confining such practices to to Muslims only.
Israeli occupation forces meanwhile intensified security measures against Palestinians seeking to reach the mosque for worship during this holy month, inspecting their IDs and briefly detaining some of them.
The forces also broke into the compound and forcefully removed worshippers, many seeking to hold all-night prayers at the Mosque, in order to clear the compound ahead of the morning storming by the Jewish extremists.