4,840 Jewish settlers stormed into the Aqsa Mosque’s courtyards during the first four months of 2016. This number is considered the highest compared to the same period in the previous years, according to Qpress news website.
According to a statistical report released on Sunday by Qpress, 1,908 settlers, including Israeli occupation forces (IOF) military and Israeli security officers, entered the compound under police protection last April.
This number in April was also the highest compared to the last two years, when they were 1,398 settlers in April 2015 and 1,202 in April 2014.
Last week, the Jordanina government issued an official statement where it called for Israel to deny visits by settlers, remove Israeli soldiers amid ramped up security and, especially last week, uptick in Jewish visits for Passover holiday at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
The Jordanian government warned Israel against violating the status quo on the compound after several hundred settlers and tourists visited the contested holy site on the first intermediate day of the Jewish Passover holiday.
Jordan acts as custodian of the flashpoint religious site, which is a holy site in Judaism and third holiest to Muslims.
The third holiest site in Islam, the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, it is also venerated as Judaism’s most holy place, as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood.