Palestinian worshipers clashed with Israeli security forces at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Friday morning. The clashes erupted when Palestinians gathered at the Al-Aqsa Mosque for Fajr prayers.
Israeli forces fired tear gas and used batons. Israeli forces claimed that a number of young men had arrived in the mosque area around 4 a.m. local time with flags of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Hamas.
Upon receiving the news, the police reached the mosque area to arrest the youths. But at that time prayers were going on in the mosque. As a result, Israeli forces waited until the prayer was over.
The Israeli army also claimed that Palestinian youths had joined the crowd by shielding worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The youths attacked the police with stones and fire. This created an atmosphere of panic in the mosques. 59 Palestinians were injured in the incident.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement that a number of masked men had hurled stones at police in an attempt to desecrate the Al-Aqsa Mosque. However, the allegation that the police entered the mosque and carried out the attack is completely false. Because, the police have entered the mosque to remove the stones. Although the police claimed, they were waiting for the prayers to end; Did not enter.
Videos spread online show Palestinians throwing stones and Israeli forces throwing tear gas.
The Palestinian Red Crescent said it had taken several injured people to hospital for treatment. A guard at the scene had a rubber bullet in his eye.
Hamas has condemned Israeli forces in today’s incident, saying Israel was responsible.
Source: The Guardian.