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28 injured, 8 detained in fierce clashes at Al-Aqsa
Published Friday 13/06/2014 (updated) 14/06/2014 22:17
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Twenty-eight Palestinians were injured and eight detained during clashes that broke out after Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City after Friday prayers.

Israeli forces stormed the holy compound, which is the third-holiest site in Islam, after worshipers began marching in support of more than 125 Palestinian administrative detainees who have been on hunger strike for more than 50 days.

The march left through the Moroccan and Chain Gates, at which point groups of special forces began firing stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets toward worshipers.

Special forces also began beating worshipers with batons, including ambulance crews and journalists on the scene, while another Israeli unit besieged the worshipers in the Al-Aqsa Qibli Mosque and closed the doors and launched stun grenades and pepper gas into it.

A fourth unit besieged worshipers inside the Marwani Mosque, and fired stun grenades and gas at worshipers, who were mostly elderly, according to the Al-Aqsa mosque director.

After the end of clashes, police set up a checkpoint at the doors of the Al-Aqsa mosque and began checking identity cards. They detained eight Palestinians during the checks, according to police.

A doctor at Al-Aqsa medical clinic Ziad Sorour said that 28 Palestinians were injured by shrapnel from the stun grenades. The wounds were primarily in the back and the legs and he described them as "moderate" injuries.

Sorour said that the majority of the injured were treated in two of the Al-Aqsa compound's clinics, at the Cotton Sellers' Gate and at the Al-Aqsa Qibli Mosque, and none were taken to hospitals.

Al-Aqsa mosque director Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani told Ma'an that the clashes lasted about 15 minutes, and that four elderly men were injured in the Qibli Mosque. Dozens also suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation when they were trapped in the Al-Aqsa Qibli and Marwani mosques.

The President of the Supreme Islamic Council and preacher at the Al-Aqsa mosque Sheikh Akrama Sabri told Ma'an that "the military incursion of Al-Aqsa is unjustifiable and aims to violate the sanctity of the mosque and spread terror in the hearts of worshipers," condemning the continuous attacks on Al-Aqsa that he said violate Palestinian freedom of worship.

A 2012 US State Department report decried Israeli restrictions on Palestinian freedom to worship in Jerusalem, saying: "Strict closures and curfews imposed by the Israeli government negatively affected residents' ability to practice their religion at holy sites, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, as well as the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem."

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 ) Sherri Munnerlyn / US
13/06/2014 17:31
These Zionists just do not get it, they shall never ever defeat those hungering and thirsting for justice and their supporters. These attacks on protesters simply bring into the Light for the whole world to glaringly see the depravity that is the essence of Zionism.

2 ) @ Sherri-1 / Agree & Disagree
13/06/2014 20:24
[a] I Agree that ZIONISTS "just do not get it", and they
SHOULD REALIZE MUSLIMS "PRAYING" LEADS TO VIOLENCE, and
should close the Al-Aqsa/Temple-Mount compound to promote peace,
and
[b] I Disagree about what "the world sees as glaringly depravity", where
for Muslims stone-throwing and "worshipping" are the same thing !!

3 ) Adam Neira / France
13/06/2014 20:26
Prayers for the peace of Jerusalem. The 150,000 sq.m. trapezoid platform in the midst of the Old City also known as the Haram al Sharif/Noble Sanctuary/Temple Mount is the most important piece of real estate on Planet Earth. It must reflect the attributes of stability, order, benevolence and expansiveness. It should be a truly peaceful and noble sanctuary. To manage it well at this time requires great nuance, empathy and skill. It really is crown land reserved for a very special crown.

4 ) Outlier / USA
13/06/2014 22:50
1., Sherri, actually it is the Palestinians who do not get it. They have made Al-Aqsa the centerpiece for often violent protests that Israel security is forced to handle. Then Palestinian Muslims wonder why security restrictions at Al-Aqsa have been implemented. Dumb!

5 ) Bemused / New Zealand
14/06/2014 02:52
Exposing Zionist depravity to the world - which ignores it as usual. Where is the Pope today?

6 ) Bob / Canada
14/06/2014 03:19
Palestinians don't get it. If and when Israel will retaliate , and it should, smart logical people would understand the justification for any retaliation.

7 ) ian / australia
15/06/2014 01:50
#1 Well said, Sherri. I know I live in a bubble coz I only read Ma'an News, but I always think every image of the beautiful blue tiles and golden dome of al-Sakhra Al-Musharafa drives home the perversity of the Jewish claim to it, the vileness of soldiers defiling it in riot gear with truncheons and perspex shields and the absurdity of it ending up in Israel. It is the heart and soul of Palestine and the jewel in its capital.

8 ) Randi / USA
15/06/2014 09:32
bemused? he was just there. unfortunatly? Jesus was unable to show...physically. where is Francis on it? on the side of justice. perhaps the IDF needs tolerance classes. they just still don't get it.
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