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Aqsa clashes continue into second day

By Cath And - September 14, 2015
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [al-Aqsa]

Clashes have continued into their second day at the al-Aqsa mosque complex in East Jerusalem after Israeli security forces launched a surprise raid on the site on Sunday, Ma’an News reports.


The events occurred hours before the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year.  Israeli police were reported as saying that a group of Palestinian youths inside al-Aqsa had blocked entrance to the mosque, and were organising to prevent Jews from entering the site, which is holy to both muslims and jews.


Micky Rosenfeld, the Israel Police Foreign Press Spokesman, tweeted Saturday that police would be conducting regular visits on the Temple Mount area, “to prevent riots by Arabs.”


The director of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani, has stated that Israel is taking over the site, Ma’an News reported.  Israeli forces reportedly blocked the entrance of most Palestinians Sunday in order to facilitate the entrance of Jewish worshippers to the site.


Israel occupied the compound in 1967, and al-Kiswani affirms that "today, the (Israeli) occupation authorities have imposed their sovereignty over it by power of force."


Last week, two Muslim groups who patrol the compound were barred from the site by Moshe Yaalon, Israel’s defence minister.  According to the Guardian, the groups, “say they volunteer to protect Islam’s third-holiest site from Jewish extremists.”  


Israeli forces denied that any arrests were made or injuries reported during the raid, however several injuries and arrests were reported by Palestinian eyewitnesses. Al-Arabiya News reports that the Palestinian Red Crescent recorded 20 people who required  medical attention following the raid.  


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the Israeli army’s “aggression” on the site.  


Al-Arabiya reported that the Jordanian government, which has protective rights over the compound, has released a public statement condemning “the assault carried out by special forces of the Israeli occupation army against the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.”


Jordanian Information Minister Mohammed Moman continued by accusing Israel of “provocations” and “attempts to change the status quo” at the compound.  



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