Israeli police storm al-Aqsa Mosque during Palestinian protests

Published July 26th, 2015 - 08:24 GMT
Orthodox Jewish women and men pray during the annual Tisha B'Av (Ninth of Av) fasting and a memorial day, commemorating the destruction of ancient Jerusalem temples some 2,000 years ago, at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on July 26, 2015. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
Orthodox Jewish women and men pray during the annual Tisha B'Av (Ninth of Av) fasting and a memorial day, commemorating the destruction of ancient Jerusalem temples some 2,000 years ago, at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on July 26, 2015. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)

Israeli police on Sunday entered al-Aqsa Mosque to tackle Palestinian suspects after a riot, AFP reported.

Reports said the officers tore through the mosque with stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets, while Israel said rioters fled to the mosque after throwing fireworks and stones at police. Al-Aqsa Mosque is considered to be one of the holiest places in Islam. 

An AFP reporter said six Palestinians were arrested. No casualties were reported.

"Masked rioters fled into the mosque and started to throw stones and blocks at police from inside Al-Aqsa mosque," police said. "In light of the severe confrontation and the escalating actions of the rioters and with the aim of preventing further injury to police ... forces entered a number of metres (yards) inside and closed the doors to the mosque with the rioters inside, restoring order."

The tensions rose when right-wing Jews flocked to the Western Wall for an annual prayer ceremony. Police deployed extra forces the night earlier anticipating demonstrations.

On Friday public insults made by a woman about the Prophet Muhammed led to Muslim protests. 

Jordan in November recalled its ambassador after an earlier incident of the Israelis entering al-Aqsa Mosque

 


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