Israeli police forces attacked, on Friday, Palestinian Muslim worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem, injuring 31 civilians, including two critically, and causing dozens more to suffocate on tear gas, and detained at least one, according to local sources.
Occupation forces fired rubber-coated steel rounds at worshipers, causing 31 injuries, including a paramedic and three Palestinian journalists, forces also fired tear gas canisters at the crowd, leading to dozens of inhalation injuries.
Friday’s attack also employed the use of drones that dropped tear gas canisters directly over the heads of worshipers.
According to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), at least two of the injuries were deemed critical, one of whom was detained. The majority of the wounded were treated at the scene, while eleven were transferred to hospital for medical intervention.
Three photojournalists were shot and injured with rubber-coated steel rounds; Ali Yassin was shot in the neck, while Muhammad Asho and Ahmed Sharif were both shot in the leg while they were attempting to cover the brutal assault on the third holiest site in Islam.
Israeli forces invaded the compound, positioned near the Al-Qibli prayer hall, besieging worshipers inside, in addition to stationing snipers on the roof of Bab Al-Silsila, who opened fire at civilians who gathered at the holy site on the third Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Worshipers inside the Al-Qibli prayer hall and throughout the compound protested the invasion with fireworks and throwing rocks at the attacking military force.
The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate condemned the occupation’s recurring assaults on the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque and its attacks on Palestinian journalists who strive to relay the brutal facts to the outside world.
The PJS released a statement which accused the extreme right-wing leadership of the occupation state of Israel, of intentionally targeting Palestinian journalists to censor the ruthless attacks against the Palestinian people and their sacred holy sites.
It added that it is going ahead with its plan to take legal action against the occupation regime and hold it accountable for its crimes against Palestinian journalists, using all its resources to uphold the safety of those working to show the world the truth.