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Published Sunday 16/03/2014 (updated) 18/03/2014 13:17
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli special forces stormed the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and injured four worshipers on Sunday morning, medical sources said.

Eyewitnesses said that Israeli forces entered the compound through the the Chain Gate, throwing stun grenades and shooting rubber bullets toward worshipers and blockading worshipers in the Al-Aqsa mosque.

Four Palestinians were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets and fragments of stun grenades after Israeli forces opened fire on worshipers, the medical clinic inside the Al-Aqsa compound said.

One person was hit in the forehead and subsequently lost consciousness and sight for five minutes. The individual was taken to hospital for treatment.

Three others were hit in the limbs and back, while a number of other light injuries were treated, the Al-Aqsa clinic said.

Israeli forces have been stationed at the gates of the Al-Aqsa compound since 6:30 a.m. imposing restrictions on the entrance of Palestinians into the compound, and had only allowed workers in the compound. 500 students who study at religious schools inside in the compound, however, were denied access, witnesses said.




At 8:00 a.m. students of religious schools in Al-Aqsa students and women of all ages were allowed into the compound on the condition that women leave their identity cards at the entrances. Their entrance was facilitated as a result of intervention by the Palestinian endowments department.

People younger than forty, however, were denied access.

Nine Israeli rightwing activists, including Housing Minister Uri Ariel, entered the compound in the morning, but their visit was cut short after people in the compound stopped them.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that stones were thrown at police officers at the Moroccan Gate as the site was opened to visitors, adding that police units on site were dealing with "disturbances."

The "Arab rioters" subsequently fled the area and "police did not enter the compound," while "visits continued as normal," he added.

He said that Israeli police detained seven suspects for "stone throwing."




The clashes coincide with the Jewish holiday of Purim. Activists affiliated with extremist Jewish organizations that call for the destruction of the Al-Aqsa mosque and the construction of a Jewish temple on the site had earlier issues calls on social media for Jewish worshipers to celebrate the holiday inside the Al-Aqsa compound.

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.

Al-Aqsa is located in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian territories that have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Kathy P / USA
16/03/2014 15:46
Attacking unarmed worshipers... In a house of GOD..... It could be the solders are not very religious.... Or perhaps they noticed the worshippers praying to a god, that is not theirs.. Whatever the reason... Only a morally bankrupt, and perverted society would continue down this path.. Without a thought where it will lead... Is everyone blind in isreal? Or brainwashed?

2 ) valerie / canada
16/03/2014 17:30
palestine people must freedom and peace and also israeli cost of crime and stop accusing people alike animals no right human right where the belong property palestine owner the land israeli govt stop being steal their land and lie murder too much stop respect them

3 ) Maisie / UK
16/03/2014 19:35
@1-Kathy P,they are neither blind nor brainwashed,merely conditioned by 70 years of propaganda disguised as history.Those committing these heinous acts are the grandchildren/great grandchildren of those who did the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians all those years ago. What is terrible is the constant rant about Palestinian terrorism.Rocks being thrown at IOF enforcing illegal occupation cannot be likened to that perpetrated by the Irgun & Haganah with heavy artillery all those years ago.

4 ) Awangku curt / Malaysia
16/03/2014 19:44
The most unmoral army...they are not an army actually but more to the devil of real terrorism that trying to vanish the value of humanity on tha planet earth...

5 ) Mel / USA
16/03/2014 20:11
Remember when Nazi SS,Brown/Black Shirts stormed into synogogues,with batons,guns & assaulted Rabbi's &worshipers &made Jews cut their beards,hair & crawl on their knees in the street dirt?Zionism=Nazism/Fascism. Freedom to practice religion is an INALIENABLE human right,not an 'exceptional'privilege,above others! The greatest fear Zionism has,is that soon Israel & a GROWING PLURALISTIC Palestine will live,work,eat & let pray respectfully & peacefully again,before Zionism barged IN!

6 ) Outlier / USA
17/03/2014 22:25
Consider not throwing rocks next time.

7 ) ofer / israel
18/03/2014 10:42
as a left wing Israely i would like to inform you that the compound is not the palce of worship. it is a section of the city walled and containing two mosques schools and other tourist attractions. the reason of the riots was the visit of an israely minister in there. if you cant allow a minister of a state visit your holy shrine you should do some sole searching. i know he is a provocative person but...

8 ) Maureen / Australia
18/03/2014 20:48
Where's the Zionist White House/EU condemnation of Israel's inhuman treatment of Palestinian worshipers? Hypocrites!

9 ) ian / australia
22/03/2014 01:04
(contd.) out of all proportion to stones thrown at the Mughrabi Gate is this year's Purim offering. But Palestinians understand Purim and its special implicit threat and see the latest provocative visit by a right-wing Israeli minister as part of it. They've come to expect that Purim and Jews ginned up on the reading of the Megillah with its paranoid subtext (that Jews are threatened with annihilation in EVERY age by endless new Hamans and need to act first) means trouble.

10 ) ian / australia
23/03/2014 01:18
Things get crazy at Purim. The annual celebration of Mordechai's great preemptive slaughter of 75,300 Persians to PREVENT them from killing the Jews (the origin of the Bush doctrine?) often results in some weird violence. Last year a Palestinian woman was assaulted at Central Bus Station, the attackers (four Dati Leumi women) screaming, "Arab! Arab!", "Arab b****!" while hundreds of Haredim stood by doing nothing. THIS IDF assault, with rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades,

11 ) ian / australia
23/03/2014 01:19
(contd.) out of all proportion to stones thrown at the Mughrabi Gate is this year's Purim offering. But Palestinians understand Purim and its special implicit threat and see the latest provocative visit by a right-wing Israeli minister as part of it. They've come to expect that Purim and Jews ginned up on the reading of the Megillah with its paranoid subtext that Jews are threatened with annihilation in EVERY age by endless new Hamans and need to act first, means trouble.
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