The occupation closes Al-Aqsa and prevents all citizens from going in
March 17, 2014

The Israeli forces prevented hundreds of Jerusalemites from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday while allowing extremists and tourists to break-in through Dung Gate. Witnesses said that the Israeli police present at Al-Aqsa Gates established iron barriers and prevented citizens of all ages from entering; guards, employees and 500 students were also denied entrance. Dozens of citizens performed the Morning Prayer at Al-Aqsa Gates after they prevented all citizens under the age of 50 from entering and praying inside. A state of high tension occurred at Al-Aqsa Gates due to the unprecedented tightening and limitations at the Gates especially the students who were not allowed to attend their schools. At 9:00 a.m., the Israeli forces allowed students of Al-Aqsa schools to enter after the intervention of the Islamic Awqaf. They also allowed employees of the Islamic Awqaf to enter at 07:30 a.m. after they detained them at the Gates and obstructed their entrance; note that they tried to let them go in through Al-Silsileh Gate but the guards and employees refused. Small numbers of extremists broke-in Al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday through Dung Gate and Galbak insulted the guards of Al-Aqsa and called them “dogs” which led to the break-out of clashes between him and the guards; the police immediately evacuated him.