Zionist Forces Attack, Enter Al-Aqsa Mosque

Zionist Forces Attack, Enter Al-Aqsa Mosque
Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:57:27

Israeli forces and right-wingers Jews storm Aqsa mosque compound and fought their way into East Al-Quds Al-Aqsa Mosque Sunday to root out Palestinian worshipers inside Islam third holy place.

Israeli forces broke into Al-Aqsa mosque compound Sunday morning firing stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at Muslim worshipers as they cleared way for right-wing Jews who were visiting the compound to mark a Jewish fast day, witnesses said, Maan News Agency reports.

Dozens of Palestinian worshipers were reportedly hit with rubber-coated bullets and suffered excessive tear gas inhalation, while Israeli police officers were reported to have attacked worshipers with pepper spray, rods and rifle butts.

The officers entered the compound through the Moroccan Gate, Chain Gate and Hutta Gate and clashed with worshipers, witnesses said, and Israeli soldiers then shut down the compound’s gates with chains.

Occupier forces also reportedly stormed Al-Aqsa mosque itself and fired rubber-coated bullets inside the holy site.

The compound's Palestinian security guards were assaulted and prevented from moving, witnesses said.

Right-wing Jews then began to make their way into the compound in groups via the Moroccan gate.

Israel's minister of agriculture, Uri Ariel, was reportedly among the right-wingers to tour the compound under heavy police escort. Ariel is a member of Naftali Bennett's ultra-right Jewish Home party.

Sunday was marked as Tisha B'Av, an annual Jewish fast day that commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Jewish Temples. The fast day is considered the saddest day in the Jewish calendar.

Earlier in the morning, Israeli forces imposed strict restrictions on entry of Palestinians Muslim worshipers into the compound.

However, Israeli forces regularly escort Jewish visitors to Al-Aqsa, leading to anger among Muslim worshipers.