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18 injured as Israeli forces raid Al-Aqsa after prayers
Published Friday 07/02/2014 (updated) 09/02/2014 16:03
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- At least 18 Palestinians were injured when Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian worshipers after prayers in the al-Aqsa compound on Friday.

A Ma'an reporter said dozens of Israeli soldiers raided the compound and fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at worshipers.

Director of Al-Aqsa clinic Adnan Khanafseh told a Ma'an reporter that the 18 people were treated in the compound's clinics for fractures, injuries from stun grenade splinters, and rubber-coated steel bullets.

A child and a 40-year-old man were among the people treated, and three people were transferred to hospital for further treatment, Khanafseh added.

An Israeli police spokesman said that clashes broke out after "tens of Israeli-Arabs" threw stones at Israeli police officers located at the Moroccan Gate.

"Police responded by entering the Temple Mount using stun grenades to disperse rioters," Mickey Rosenfeld said.

He added that seven people were detained for involvement in the clashes, although he could not confirm any injuries.

Witnesses said the arrests were made by Israeli intelligence forces as youths left the compound. Fouad al-Qiq was the only one identified from the detainees, and it was reported that he was detained from Bab al-Amoud.

Clashes also broke out in Bab Hutta neighborhood at the same time.

Israeli forces blocked off a gate leading to the al-Qabli mosque and pepper sprayed youths in the area.

Because of the sensitive nature of the Al-Aqsa compound, Israel maintains a compromise with the Islamic trust that controls it to not allow non-Muslim prayers in the area. Israeli forces regularly escort Jewish visitors to the site, leading to tension with Palestinian worshipers.

The compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque and is the third holiest site in Islam.

It is also venerated as Judaism's most holy place as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood. The Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.






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1 ) Maureen / Australia
07/02/2014 20:41
How much backing does Israel receive from the Free Masons/Illuminati to cause such mayhem and terrorism against Islamic worshippers at the Al - Aqsa Mosque?

2 ) E / usa
07/02/2014 20:56
Palestinians are always provocking things. Instead of just praying and say thanks you that israel allows them to pray in israeli territory. They just want violance. What a people

3 ) Mo / Canada
07/02/2014 22:20
To (1) How is Israel causing mayhem when the article clearly says that "tens of Israeli-Arabs" threw stones at Israeli police officers located at the Moroccan Gate?? I'll tell you how, because you're against anything Israel, even if they're right, and probably a Jew hater, makes sense.

4 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
07/02/2014 22:50
#2 "thanks you that israel allows them to pray in israeli territory"??? I have been reading a lot of crap but you are a winner! I place you next to the crap of Netanyahu who said 2 days ago: "We'll be a light unto the nations... if only they'll see the light"

5 ) gabi / australia
08/02/2014 00:55
Sarah - Ben Gurion told the world Israel would prove itself to be a "light to all nations" when he (unilaterally) declared the state of Israel. Then promptly began extinguishing that light by continuing ethnic cleansing which was commenced as soon as the Partition Plan was announced - to gain more territory than was allocated to the Jews under that plan. Netanyahu has a selective memory - most of us don't.

6 ) Mary / Ireland
08/02/2014 02:08
Mo/canada and e/USA enough of the pathetic anti Semitic remarks, you're clearly delusional and bigoted if you think that this was all the fault of Palestinians and Israeli Jews who raided a Muslim site, you're ignorance is amusing if not delusional and bigotry at its best!!

7 ) E / usa
08/02/2014 02:52
To #4. Why is it crap? Because it is not pro palestinian. It is the truth. Show me somewhere in world literature that palestinian people ever existed. Show me where does it say e jerusalem gaza west bank is palestinian. Gaza is egypts. E jerusalem and west bank is jordans. So it was never palestinian. It is not palestinian and it will never be.

8 ) AlleyCat / Canada
08/02/2014 04:09
First of all, no the Palestians don't always provoke. You're just a bias nutjob carrying an ignorant report carried by CNN, Fox, Al Jazeera and even USA. Second of all, never EVER call it Israeli territory when they stole the land only decades ago. Learn your history. And to the person that said "clearly it's palestian fault" because that's what the article says, shows just how ignorant you are. You did know the article was based on what an israeli police spokesman's story, right??

9 ) Johnny benson / USA
08/02/2014 05:11
The next intifad has began.....the protests and riots have started...lucky that most of the wall is up...but as it looks Israeli Arabs start up ...?....however most of the Israeli Arabs are happy to be citizens of Israel..and i doubt the few nuts can get it going...the Palestinians will have to the heavy lifting...we will see how it goes

10 ) Wiz / Malaysia
08/02/2014 09:34
E/USA, you are really really ignorant about what is going on in Palestine but still giving a comment. It is like your mouth worked faster than your brain. Dozens of Israeli soldiers raided the compound and fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at worshipers. Who is hurting the other?

11 ) E / usa
08/02/2014 12:02
To #10. There is no palestine. Please look at the world map and show where palestine is. If you find it then I will say you right

12 ) Mary / CAR
08/02/2014 15:40
@1 Do you really believe what you have written? Or do you not realise there are Freemason Lodges in Islamic countries too?

13 ) warmonkey / USA
08/02/2014 16:57
E/USA What an ignoramous. ." Show me somewhere in world literature that palestinian people ever existed." I have many , many books which show this area on a map - and it was called "Palestine". One of them is an Encyclopedia Brittanica circa 1934. What did they call this place in your in your addled mind? Do you think that this part of the World was an devoid of people? That's pretty ridicules

14 ) Maureen / Australia
08/02/2014 23:44
#E USA Look up Ariel Sharon's biography - he was born Palestine!

15 ) Outlier / USA
10/02/2014 18:05
Perhaps it is time Israel closed off Al-Aqsa,thus eliminating the potential of bad behavior on either side.

16 ) Sab, / south africa
28/02/2014 16:15
Free Palestine.. of the "apartheid era " the Western will never understand, to mutch bais media.
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