OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli police arrested on Saturday Palestinian worshipers and students at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem after settlers broke into the mosque courtyards.
Eyewitnesses reported that 280 Israeli settlers raided and desecrated the Al-Aqsa Mosque from al-Magharbeh gate, in the morning hours, which provoked the Muslim worshipers and students and caused a state of tension inside the mosque and in its surrounding areas.
Clashes broke out between the Israeli police and the worshipers, and a number of Palestinian civilians were injured, the witnesses said.
They added that the policemen attacked Muslim worshipers and the Mosque’s guards with electric shock batons and fired at them rubber-coated metal bullets and teargas grenades.
One of the guards and a number of worshipers suffered suffocation and were taken to Al-Aqsa Mosque’s clinic to receive treatment, while 10 other worshipers were arrested by the Israeli forces.
The eyewitnesses pointed out that the Islamic Endowments in Jerusalem has closed the Magharbeh gate for the day, to prevent the settlers from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to celebrate the Jewish Passover.
(Source / 01.04.2013)