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Israeli occupation forces launch a fresh attack on Al-Aqsa, injuring and arresting dozens

  Israeli occupation forces launch a fresh attack on Al-Aqsa, injuring and arresting dozens

JERUSALEM, Sunday, April 17, 2022 (WAFA) – Dozens of Muslim worshipers were arrested or hurt on Sunday early morning as Israeli occupation forces embarked on yet a fresh raid on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem, according to local sources.

The latest raid, which is the second in less than 48 hours, came amid calls by extremist Israeli Jewish organizations urging fans for a mass provocative visit to the mosque during the Passover holiday, which coincides with the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, a time when thousands of Muslims, predominantly Palestinians, usually stay at the holy site for worship day and night.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said its medics treated at least 10 injuries following the Israeli raid on the holy site, of whom three were admitted to hospital.

WAFA correspondent also said that the attacking forces chased the worshipers and fired stun grenades and teargas randomly to empty the holy site of its Muslim worshipers in order to secure the entry of Israeli Jewish settlers wishing to celebrate Passover inside the courtyards of the mosque.

At least three arrests were reported among the Palestinian worshipers, said WAFA correspondent. Worshipers trapped inside Masjid al-Qibli building in the south region of the holy site also called via loudspeakers for help, after they were locked down inside the building by the attacking Israeli forces.

Following the raid, which is still going on, groups of Jewish settlers entered the holy site in the aftermath of the attack and performed provocative tours and Talmudic rituals, while Palestinians who were forced out of the holy site tried to block the alleys used by the settlers in their way to the holy site.

The attack came despite that a first such attack on early Friday morning was met by statements of condemnation by world, United Nations and European Union leaders.



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