JERUSALEM, Sunday, May 9, 2021 (WAFA) – At least 90 Palestinians were injured last night as Israeli occupation forces clamped down on thousands of worshipers attending or in their way to attend prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC).
Clashes erupted with the Israeli occupation forces at several locations across the Old City of Jerusalem and in the alleys leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.
The forces used rubber-coated rounds, stun grenades and teargas to attack the worshipers, leaving at least 90 people wounded, of whom 30 were hospitalized. Several of the injuries were for children below 18, including a 12-month-ol toddler.
Medics were also denied access to the flashpoint Damascus Gate area to evacuate the wounded, and at least one medic was reportedly injured by Israeli fire.
In one of the incidents of the Israeli crackdown, a father and his four children were injured when Israeli police officers fired a stun grenade at them in Damascus Gate.
In Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, whose residents have been holding a vigil against imminent evictions by the occupation authorities, police attacked the protesters and physically beat up some of them, and five protesters were detained by the police.
These developments came only a day after Israeli occupation forces raided the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and assaulted worshipers using rubber-coated rounds, teargas and stun grenades, leaving scores injured on Friday night.