OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation police on Sunday morning assaulted Muslim worshipers at the Aqsa Mosque and injured a number of them. In a provocative step, the Israeli police allowed in the morning a group of Jewish settlers to desecrate the Aqsa Mosque under security guard, which provoked angry reactions from the Muslims there and prompted them to chant religious slogans to protest their presence. Afterwards, Israeli police forces stormed the Mosque, fired tear gas grenades and bullets at the worshipers and attacked some of them with clubs. According to the Red Crescent, at least five Muslim worshipers were badly injured during the police attack. Some of them suffered bullet injuries. Four Muslim worshipers, including three from South Africa, were arrested during the events. “The Israeli police opened al-Maghariba Gate [of the Aqsa Mosque] for the entry of settlers, and this was not a usual scene during the last 10 days of Ramadan. Al-Maghariba Gate was supposed to be completely closed,” a senior official of the Islamic waqf authority said. The Israeli police had claimed a few days ago that all settlers would be prevented from entering the Aqsa Mosque during the last 10 days of Ramadan, when the Muslims observe “I’tikaaf” (an act of religious seclusion inside mosques). An official source from the waqf authority told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that the Israeli police decided to prevent all Muslim worshipers under age 30 from entering the Aqsa Mosque following these violent events.
(Source / 26.06.2016)