Groups of Israeli settlers escorted by Israeli police broke today into the Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem and performed rituals across its courtyards.
Settlers led by MK Itamar Ben-Gvir entered the holy site in groups ahead of the flag march which is set to take place in the Old City of Jerusalem at 4:00 p.m.
Palestinian worshipers, who held a night vigil inside the compound in an attempt to foil the Israeli raids into the holy site, stood in the face of settlers.
Earlier today, Israeli forces arrested four Palestinians at the Chain Gate, one of the gates leading to the compound. The four were not yet identified.
Israeli police also imposed strict restrictions on the entry of Palestinians to the compound, allowing only those above the age of 40 to access to the compound.
The Flag March takes place on Israel’s so-called Jerusalem Day, celebrating Israel’s illegal occupation and annexation of East Jerusalem in the 1967 war.