Gaza, ALRAY - 75 Palestinians have been injured Wednesday morning as the Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and fired a barrage of pepper gas canisters towards the Palestinians stationed inside the mosque.
Media coordinator for the Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage Mahmoud Abu Atta told Safa Press that “50 of stationed Palestinian worshipers were wounded when Israeli armed with batons beat them, whereas 25 others suffered from suffocation from pepper gas sprayed at them,”
The Israeli forces also arrested three Palestinians; two were identified as Tamer Shalata and Hussain Abu Ghunaim, according to Abu Atta.
They closed Al-Aqsa mosque's gates with chains and banned dozens of Palestinians from accessing the mosque.
“While groups of the Israeli police were about to admit settlers into the mosque today in morning especially that Jewish rabbis hectically called for breaking Al-Aqsa Mosque on the occasion of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), yet the Palestinians protested their presence which led them run away,”
Israeli authorities allowed elders to access the mosque, but banned hundreds of young Palestinians, who prayed instead at the mosque's gates and in its vicinity.
The Israeli forces converted the Old City into a military outpost and deployed hundreds of its soldiers within the city and the mosque's surrounding areas.