Around 1,800 Israeli settlers have stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of al-Quds escorted by occupation forces through the Moroccan Gate on Sunday morning.
Israeli troops were meanwhile stationed at the main praying building of al-Aqsa Mosque, which sits on the southern side of the complex, besieging Palestinian worshipers inside the scared site, according to the Arabic-language Arab48 news website.
The settlers then performed Talmudic rituals at the site, which is venerated by Jews, Christians and Muslims.
The development comes as thousands of extremist Jewish Israeli settlers are due to hold a far-right march through Muslim areas of the holy city amid Palestinian warnings it could trigger serious confrontations.
Earlier, Israeli military forces had raided the predominantly Palestinian neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber in southern East al-Quds, according to Palestinian media outlets.
The raid prompted a group of young Palestinians to throw lit Molotov cocktails at the Israeli troops, who, in return, fired stun grenades and live bullets to disperse the crowd.
The Palestinian al-Quds TV satellite channel also said an improvised explosive device struck a checkpoint in the village of al-Jalma, which lies north of the northern occupied West Bank city of Jenin.
According to Shehab news agency, extremist Jewish settlers once again attacked the homes of local Palestinians in al-Huwara neighborhood of northern al-Quds.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society stated that 30 Palestinians were injured during clashes with Israeli settlers in Huwara neighborhood as well as Kafr Qaddum town, located 13 kilometers (8 miles) west of Nablus.
Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said clashes also broke out between young Palestinian men and Israeli forces at the entrance to Jamain area south of Nablus.
Israeli occupation forces have already detained nearly 100 Palestinians ahead of the planned far-right Israeli Flag March.
Ismail Haniyeh, head of the political bureau of Hamas, said on Saturday evening that the Palestinian resistance movement is ready to face any possible scenario as tensions are high in the occupied al-Quds.
“All options are on the table, and we are ready for all scenarios. We are dealing with the Israeli occupation, which has existed for so long and has now reached its end,” he said in a statement.
“The occupying Israeli regime wants to use (the so-called) Flag March as part of attempts aimed at undermining the achievements of Operation al-Quds Sword, and cracking down on the status quo that followed the battle,” he added.
“We have many options to confront the Flag March and attempts meant to desecrate the al-Aqsa Mosque compound,” Haniyeh pointed out.
In the meantime, the head of the political bureau of Islamic Jihad movement, Mohammed al-Hindi, also said Palestinians will spare no effort to confront the Israeli occupation’s plans, underscoring that all possibilities are on the table.
Hindi told Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Mayadeen channel in an interview that Israeli authorities have mistakenly underestimated the capabilities of Palestinian resistance movements, and are currently suffering from the repercussions of Operation al-Quds Sword.