Since the morning hours of Thursday, the 9th of Av, 803 Jews have ascended the Temple Mount. An additional 175 ascended in the afternoon, for a total of 978 Jews.
The ascent took place in groups of 20 at intervals of several minutes.
A spokesperson for the Headquarters of the Temple Organizations issued a statement saying: “Baruch Hashem, we get to see with our own eyes the return of Israel to the House of Hashem, and as the number of pilgrims increases, the honor of the Divine will increase in this place, and we will soon be privileged to raise the House of Hashem and turn Tisha B’Av into a day of rejoicing.”
The spokesperson noted that hundreds more Jews are expected to arrive with the opening of the Temple Mount at 1:30 PM.
A number of Jews were arrested for praying.