Dozens of Israeli forces stormed the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday, firing rubber-coated bullets, tear gas and sound bombs at Palestinian worshipers on the 28th of Ramadan.
Israeli helicopters were seen flying over the enclosure.
Dozens of Palestinians were injured, the Palestinian Red Crescent said, adding that their medical teams could not access the site of the violence.
Israeli security forces entered through the Mughrabi Gate, where thousands of Jewish settlers waited outside before the “Jerusalem Day” marches, marking the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967.
Waqf Islamic Affairs sources reported that many of the injured were hit by rubber-coated metal rounds fired at the faithful.
Tensions have risen in Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan amid growing anger over possible forced evictions of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah, a Palestinian land claimed by illegal Jewish settlers. .
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Red Crescent: six journalists injured and 70 more hospitalized
The Palestinian Red Crescent said hundreds of Palestinians had been injured, with at least 50 hospitalized.
Six other journalists suffered tear gas inhalation during their coverage of the Israeli incursion against the Al Aqsa mosque site. Several videos showed tear gas canisters fired inside the Al Qibly Mosque and stun grenades were fired at Palestinian worshiping women inside the Al Aqsa Mosque itself.
– Hala (@halakhalayleh) May 10, 2021
Dozens of wounded inside the AlAqsa mosque enclosure as Israeli forces deployed tear gas and stun grenades in the mosque’s gardens, locals say. pic.twitter.com/H4Q5rwSfWD
– Rania Zabaneh (@RZabaneh) May 10, 2021
Israeli police ban settlers from reaching Al Aqsa enclosure
Israeli police have banned Jewish settlers from accessing the site of the Al Aqsa Mosque, which Israelis mark as Jerusalem Day.
The decision came hours before a planned march by harsh Israeli nationalists through the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, an annual event widely perceived as a provocative demonstration of Jewish hegemony over the occupied city.
Police have allowed the parade with flags to take place despite growing concerns that could further increase the flames.