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Muslims injured in police attack at Aqsa Mosque

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation police on Sunday morning assaulted Muslim worshipers at the Aqsa Mosque and injured a number of them. In a provocative step, the Israeli police allowed in the morning a group of Jewish settlers to desecrate the Aqsa Mosque under security guard, which provoked angry reactions from the Muslims there and prompted them to chant religious slogans to protest their presence. Afterwards, Israeli police forces stormed the Mosque, fired tear gas grenades and bullets at the worshipers and attacked some of them with clubs. According to the Red Crescent, at least five Muslim worshipers were badly injured during the police attack. Some of them suffered bullet injuries. Four Muslim worshipers, including three from South Africa, were arrested during the events. “The Israeli police opened al-Maghariba Gate [of the Aqsa Mosque] for the entry of settlers, and this was not a usual scene during the last 10 days of Ramadan. Al-Maghariba Gate was supposed to be completely closed,” a senior official of the Islamic waqf authority said. The Israeli police had claimed a few days ago that all settlers would be prevented from entering the Aqsa Mosque during the last 10 days of Ramadan, when the Muslims observe “I’tikaaf” (an act of religious seclusion inside mosques). An official source from the waqf authority told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that the Israeli police decided to prevent all Muslim worshipers under age 30 from entering the Aqsa Mosque following these violent events.

(Source / 26.06.2016)

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Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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