Israeli forces attacked, on Sunday, Palestinian worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem, injuring several people, and detaining at least five, the Palestinian News & Information Agency (WAFA) reported.
Israeli forces invaded the Islamic holy site for a number of hours, assaulted worshipers with batons, fired concussion grenades, and blocked the exit of worshipers inside the Al-Qibli prayer hall, injuring at least 19 people, including women, and arresting 5.
The Israeli attack on the mosque coincided with the illegal settlers’ storming of the Islamic holy site, which they claim is the site of the so-called “Temple-Mount” on the occasion of the Hebrew Passover.
Nineteen defenseless Palestinian worshipers were assaulted by a size-able army force throughout the sacred compound, five of whom were transferred to hospital for further treatment, despite the occupation forces’ efforts to block medics from treating the injured, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS).
Occupation forces attacked worshipers in the courtyards, while forcing them into the mosque, and locking them in in order to protect the dozens of settlers who performed Talmudic rituals at the Islamic holy site.
Palestinians besieged inside used the loudspeakers to call for their release and to end the brutal attacks on the peaceful worshipers.
This attack comes just 48 hours after occupation forces stormed the Al-Aqsa compound on the second Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, Israeli forces assaulted and injured at least 153 worshipers and detained 400 others.
Occupation forces re-opened the doors and retreated after several hours, firing tear gas canisters at worshipers in order to secure their withdrawal from the holy site, causing many Palestinians to suffer the toxic effects of tear gas inhalation, Quds Press reported.
The Hebrew daily Ha’aretz reported that 728 Israeli settlers invaded the courtyards of the Islamic holy site from the Mughrabi Gate along the western wall of the compound.