Palestine: Israeli Forces Raid Al-Aqsa Mosque
By: Prateek Sachdeva
At least 250 people were injured after Israeli security forces stormed Palestine’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, soon after the Taraweeh prayers, late Sunday evening.
According to The Associated Press, Palestinian worshippers ‘clashed’ with Israeli police late Friday at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, a major holy site sacred to both Muslims and Jews, in an escalation of weeks of violence in Jerusalem that reverberated across the region.
Tensions in Jerusalem have soared in recent week as Palestinians have protested against Israel’s restrictions on access to parts of the old city during the Muslim holy month of Ramzan, and after authorities ordered several Palestinian families to leave their homes to make way for Israeli settlers, The Hindu reports.
Israeli troops, earlier on Friday, shot and killed two Palestinians, and injured a third man after they opened fire on a base belonging to Israel’s paramilitary Border Police Force in the West Bank. On Thursday, Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian suspected of carrying out a drive-by shooting earlier last week that killed one Israeli and injured two others. A day before that, Israeli troops killed a 16-year-old during a confrontation in the West Bank.
According to news outlet Arab News, “In the Gaza Strip, Palestinian authorities have reported the deaths of 20 people, including nine children, as Israel attacked militants who fired rockets at Jerusalem.”
Israeli emergency service The Palestinian Red Crescent Society, on Sunday, reported that 136 people were wounded on the second night of clashes with Police and elsewhere in Jerusalem on Saturday. All of the injured were Palestinians, and most were hurt by rubber bullets or stun grenades.
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Sunday expressed “serious concerns” to his Israeli counterpart about violent clashes in Jerusalem sparked by planned evictions of Palestinians from East Jerusalem, the White House said in a statement, reported The Hindustan Times. In a phone call with Meir Ben-Shabbat, Sullivan “encouraged the Israeli government to pursue appropriate measures to ensure calm during Jerusalem Day commemorations.”
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