Violent clashes at Al-Aqsa Mosque
September 13, 2015

  Violent clashes broke out on Sunday morning at Al-Aqsa Mosque after the occupation’s Special Forces raided the Mosque on the eve of “Jewish New Year”. Violent clashes… Witnesses informed Wadi Hilweh Information Center that the occupation forces raided Al-Aqsa Mosque through Al-Silsileh and Dung Gates after the Dawn Prayer finished and while worshippers (mostly elderly) were present in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque. The forces randomly fired sound grenades and rubber bullets into the courtyards. Witnesses added that violent clashes broke out in the courtyards between the forces and Marabouts. Closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque… The witnesses pointed out that the forces closed Al-Qibali Mosque with chains and surrounded the young men inside it while going onto its roof; they heavily sprayed pepper gas and rubber bullets inside the Mosque. Assaulting the employees of the Islamic Awqaf Department… The occupation forces were deployed in Al-Aqsa courtyards and assaulted everybody present in the courtyards (employees of the Islamic Awqaf and the elderly) and pushed them away using forces from the courtyards of Al-Qibali and Al-Marwani Mosques. They also pushed and assaulted the director of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Omar Kiswani. Al-Aqsa guards said that the forces also assaulted them and made them leave through Al-Silsileh, Al-Majles and Hutta Gates and prevented them from being inside the Mosque to carry out their duties, and secured the settlers’ break-ins. Minister of Agriculture breaks into Al-Aqsa… The Israeli Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, raided the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque through Dung Gate along with his guards and a group of Special Forces; several settlers also accompanied him during his tour. Witnesses explained that Uri Ariel practiced his religious rituals near Al-Rahmeh Gate inside Al-Aqsa under heavy protection by the occupation forces. Dawn Prayer at Al-Aqsa Gates… In a related matter, the occupation police prevented dozens of Palestinians from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque o perform the Dawn Prayer. The prevention included all women and young men while men over the age of 50 were allowed to enter. Dozens performed the Dawn Prayer at Al-Aqsa Gates after being prevented from entering. Arrest… The occupation forces arrested Al-Aqsa guard, Hazem Al-Salhi. A sit-in at Al-Silsileh Gate… At Al-Silsileh Gate, dozens of Muslims demonstrated after they were barred from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque.  11982574_10153020775437466_71441697_o   12007280_10153020765022466_320369278_n  11998490_10153020709417466_1056400226_n 11998350_10153020709442466_884416347_n 11922084_10153020764982466_1967285498_n 11994351_10153020764897466_1564137369_n 11995519_10153020765102466_1225692320_n 11997102_10153020709367466_1839963029_n 11998161_10153020764917466_1716472765_n 11997102_10153020709367466_1839963029_n 11998350_10153020709442466_884416347_n 11998490_10153020709417466_1056400226_n  12007079_10153020709467466_98577247_n     11840204_10153020741747466_1499531258_o 12007079_10153020709467466_98577247_n