Breaking into Al-Aqsa and surrounding worshippers….clashes in its courtyards
The Israeli forces broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque this morning and prevented Muslims from entering while allowing extremists to break-in on occasion of their “Sukkot” holiday. Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that Israeli forces including Special Forces, Police, snipers, borders police and intelligence suddenly broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa through Dung and Silsileh gates while there were dozens of worshippers inside Al-Aqsa who were busy with preaching and guidance lessons. The forces assaulted and severely beat them with batons and fired sound bombs towards them; they also surrounded dozens of them in Al-Qibli Mosque and closed its gates using iron chains and forced several others to move to the courtyard of the Dome of the Rock. Several Marabouts were injured with bruises and wounds. It is noteworthy that the Israeli forces broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque earlier this morning and took pictures of the Marabouts and then silently withdrew before the main break-in took place. Settlers then broke in Al-Aqsa through Dung gate and the forces secured their way to Al-Silsileh gate without going on their normal tour. The forces sprayed the worshippers who were surrounded inside Al-Qibli Mosque with pepper gas and injured several citizens among them but prevented medical aid from reaching them. Dozens of men and women protested at the gates of Al-Aqsa against preventing them from entering Al-Aqsa and were chanting slogans against the daily break-ins. The police established iron barriers at Al-Aqsa gates. Settlers sprayed water at the protesters by Al-Majles gate. The Israeli forces broke into Dar Al-Aytam School in the old city of Jerusalem and fired sound bombs towards it At around 09:45 a.m. the forces withdrew from Al-Aqsa courtyards and opened the gates of Al-Qibli Mosque. Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that 60 extremists broke into Al-Aqsa today, and the police then closed Dung gate and prevented any more extreme settlers from entering.