More Al Aqsa mosque clashes leave dozens hurt
Dozens of worshippers were hurt Wednesday morning in fierce clashes with Israeli forces who stormed the Al Aqsa Mosque compound via the Moroccan and Chain gates.
Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers and police officers broke into the compound and deployed in the southern quarter firing stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets at worshipers.
Director of Al Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Azam Al Kahtib told Ma’an that “about 1,000 Israeli officers stormed the compound.” He highlighted that Israeli officers used live ammunition.
Special forces deployed at the main gates since dawn prayer, witnesses said, denying Palestinian worshipers entry to the compound. Employees of the ministry of endowment and students who attend schools inside the compound were also denied entry. Only security guards were allowed in addition to men over 65 years old. Several people performed dawn prayer in the alleys near the gates.
About 100 Muslim worshipers have decided to stay inside the compound day and night after right-wing Jewish organizations urged Jews to flock to the compound which they believe is the site of a former temple and slaughter their Passover sacrifices inside. Witnesses told Ma’an that those young volunteers foiled plans of Jewish right-wing organizations.