Hundreds of Israeli settlers, on Thursday, invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem, under the full protection of dozens of Israeli police, according to local sources.
About 792 colonists stormed the compound in 22 separate groups, including the extremist Israeli Rabbi, Yehuda Glick, in celebration of the anniversary of the occupation of historic Palestine in 1948, when the state of Israeli was founded.
Settlers performed several tours of the courtyards, performed Talmudic rituals and raised the Israeli flag at the Islamic holy site, while Israeli police assaulted Palestinian Muslim worshipers, in addition to denying entry to others who wished to enter the compound.
Police assaulted worshipers gathered at the Dome of the Rock (gold-domed mosque) and besieged those inside the Al-Qibli prayer hall (silver-domed structure), by locking its doors with iron chains, while firing tear gas canisters, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel rounds at the worshipers inside, breaking glass and injuring those inside.
According to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), at least 2 worshipers were transferred to Al-Makassed Hospital after being beaten by occupation police, namely; Nasser Qaws, who is the director of the Prisoner’s Club in Jerusalem, and Muhammad Abu Al-Hummus, a Palestinian activist based in Jerusalem.
The occupation forces detained 50 worshipers including a paramedic, and injured dozens.
Eight Palestinian Muslim worshipers were injured after being shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, 3 were injured by concussion grenades, and 25 people suffered the toxic effects of tear gas inhalation, according to the Al-Amal Association for Health Services.
During the holy fasting month of Ramadan, Israeli forces incited Muslim worshipers around the world by attacking the third holiest site in Islam, next to Mecca and Medina.
Photo: Quds Press