Over 100 Palestinians have been injured as a result of a raid by Israeli forces at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Friday. According to reports, the Israeli forces entered the mosque before dawn, as thousands of worshippers were gathered at there for the early morning prayers.
The incident has gone viral on social media with videos being shared by Palestinians showing Israeli forces using tear gas and stun grenades on the worshippers. Meanwhile. the Palestinian Red Crescent Emergency Services told media that one of the guards present at the site was shot in the eye with a rubber bullet.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Emergency Services were able to evacuate the injured Palestinians, but the Israeli forces made it difficult because they blocked several roads leading up to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which hindered the arrival of ambulances and paramedics.
Israeli police forces said they arrested at least 300 Palestinians during the latest escalation, while Palestinian sources put the number at 400. Israeli police said they entered the compound, the third holiest site in Islam and revered by Jews as the Temple Mount, to break up a “violent” crowd that remained at the end of the morning prayers.
However, the Palestinian eyewitnesses said that Israeli forces brutally emptied the compound attacking everyone, including the staff, normal people, elders and the young. The Israeli forces fired rubber bullets inside Al-Aqsa Mosque and several people were injured in the incident.
It bears mentioning that a similar incident took place at Masjid Al-Aqsa last year as well.