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Israeli Police Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Published: 04/08/2014 03:47:43 PM GMT
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AL-QUDS – Israeli police stormed Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Monday, August 4, in Al-Quds (Occupied Jerusalem), firing stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets against Palestinian worshippers inside the holy site. “Dozens of Israeli policemen stormed Al-Aqsa compound through Al-Magharbeh Gate and attacked worshippers at Al-Qebali Mosque in...(more)

AL-QUDS – Israeli police stormed Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Monday, August 4, in Al-Quds (Occupied Jerusalem), firing stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets against Palestinian worshippers inside the holy site.

“Dozens of Israeli policemen stormed Al-Aqsa compound through Al-Magharbeh Gate and attacked worshippers at Al-Qebali Mosque inside the complex,” a Palestinian guard of the site told Anadolu Agency on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to media.

“The Israeli police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets in a bid to force the worshippers out,” he said, adding that the worshippers responded by hurling the Israeli troops with stones and shoes.

According to the guard, no injuries have been reported yet.

He added that the attack came to open room for Jewish settlers to force their way into the holy site on the Jewish anniversary of the so-called ‘destruction of the temple,’ which would fall on Tuesday.

Tension continues to run high in the occupied West Bank amid Israel's devastating onslaught against the blockaded Gaza Strip.

The Israeli operation in Gaza has left at least 1821 Palestinians – mostly civilians -dead and 9420 injured.

Al-Aqsa is the Muslims’ first Qiblah [direction Muslims take during prayers] and it is the third holiest shrine after Al Ka`bah in Makkah and Prophet Muhammad's Mosque in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.

Its significance has been reinforced by the incident of Al Isra'a and Al Mi'raj — the night journey from Makkah to Al-Quds and the ascent to the Heavens by Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him).

Israel occupied the holy city and the West Bank in the 1967 war and later annexed it in a move not recognized by the international community or UN resolutions .

Since then, Israel has adopted a series of oppressive measures to force the Palestinians out of the city, including systematic demolition of their homes and building settlements.

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