In pictures: Clashes and arrests at Al-Aqsa Mosque
Nearly 324 extremists broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday including the Israeli Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, on the anniversary of “Destruction of the Temple” while Muslim worshippers were prevented from entering the Mosque during the morning hours. The forces closed most of Al-Aqsa gates and raided its courtyards and turned it into a battlefield. Raids Nearly 254 extremists broke into the Mosque in the so-called “morning period” while 70 extremists broke-in in the afternoon period. The break-ins occurred from Dung Gate which is controlled by the occupation authorities since the occupation of Jerusalem. Groups of settlers carried out their tours inside the courtyards of Al-Aqsa while the afternoon groups were limited to a selected path between Dung Gate and Al-Silsileh Gate. Clashes The courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque turned into a hit and run between the angry young men and the armed occupation forces who raided Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Qibli Mosque and went onto its roof and the museum’s roof. The forces fired sound grenades, rubber bullets and poisonous gas towards the young men and assaulted all the Marabouts inside Al-Aqsa courtyards (women, journalists, paramedics, the elderly and Al-Awqaf employees) to secure the settlers’ break-ins. The forces also assaulted the Muslim worshipers near Al-Silsileh Gate and injured many of them with suffocation and bruises. Injuries Dr. Adnan Khanafseh, head of Al-Aqsa clinic, explained to Maan news agency that 10 injuries arrived to the clinic. The injuries were caused by grenades, rubber bullets and beating. The director of Al-Aqsa Mosque explained that 19 of the Islamic Awqaf employees were injured during Sunday’s clashes including the guard Najwa Sharabati; note that most of the injuries were suffered after the Israeli forces assaulted them with batons and pushing. Among the injuries were fractures in the fingers, wounds in the faces and bruises in the legs and head; one guard suffered a dislocated shoulder. Arrests According to the information available to Wadi Hilweh Information Center, the occupation forces arrested the 14-year old Anas Mohammad Abu Hummos and Al-Aqsa guard Najwa Sharabati. Amjad Abu Asab, head of Jerusalemites detainees and prisoners families committee, explained that the forces arrested Ala’ Bisher from the 1948 lands; he was arrested after he was severely beaten. They also arrested Dania Eid, 19-year old Mahmoud Hallaq and the 18-year old Ma’moon Anati. Insulting the Prophet Mohammad PBUH One settler insulted the Prophet Mohammad PBUH immediately after breaking into Al-Aqsa Mosque and described him as a “pig”; note that he was under the protection of Israeli occupation forces. Also, one female settler had insulted the Prophet PBUH last week with the same phrase.