In pictures: Arresting 11 Palestinians…A tight siege and clashes in Al-Aqsa and its surroundings
The occupation authorities arrested 11 Palestinians and injured others with rubber bullets, shrapnel of sound grenades and suffocation during clashes that broke out inside Al-Aqsa Mosque and in the area of Al-Silsileh Gate. Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that dozes of occupation Special Forces raided Al-Aqsa Mosque and targeted the people present in the courtyards with sound grenades and rubber bullets. Within moments, the forces raided Al-Qibali Mosque where the young men and worshippers were stationed, and stepped on the Mosque’s carpets with their shoes and heavily fired sound grenades. The forces then arrested several young men and transferred them to the detention centers through Dung Gate. The siege on Al-Aqsa was from 7 a.m. and lasted until 11 a.m. which the settlers’ morning break-in session. On Monday, 38 settlers broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque through Dung Gate on occasion of the Jewish New Year. During the break-ins, the Special Forces closed the gates of Al-Qibali Mosque with iron bars and chains and sprayed pepper gas towards the young men inside the Mosque; they also assaulted the people in the courtyards and beat them. Closure of Al-Aqsa For the second consecutive day, the occupation authorities closed most of Al-Aqsa gates and established police checkpoints on the open gates (Hutta, Al-Silsileh and Al-Majles gates) and controlled the entrance of Muslim worshippers and prevented those under the age of 45 from entering. Arresting 11 Palestinians Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that the occupation forces arrested four young men from inside Al-Qibali Mosque and executed several other arrests at Al-Aqsa gates. They arrested the journalist photographer Mustafa Kharouf, Naser Nofal, Ramzi Jo’beh, Mazen Halaweh, Malek Ghanem, Ibrahim Abu Rmeileh, Omar Wazwaz, Tamer Khalaf, Mohammad Abu Farha and Mahmoud Salim in addition to arresting the woman Madleine Issa. The center was also informed that the forces assaulted and severely beat the detainees during the arrest and while transferring them to the detention centers. Injuries The 68-year old Ghaleb Hussein Darwish was injured with a rubber bullet in his eye and the center was informed by Mohammad Abu Hummos, member of follow-up committee in the village of Esawyeh, that the forces targeted the elderly Darwish while he was at Al-Aqsa and injured his in his eye. Abu Hummos added that Darwish was transferred to Shaare Zedek hospital for treatment and pointed that he is a freed prisoner that spent 12 years inside the occupation’s prisons. Also, a group of young men suffocated while being inside Al-Qibali Mosque and surrounded by the Israeli forces that sprayed them with pepper gas; six young men were also injured with rubber bullets. Assault on journalists The press crews also got their share the occupation forces’ assault while doing their work at Al-Aqsa gates especially at Al-Silsileh Gate. The forces arrested the journalist photographer Mustafa Kharouf after assaulting and injuring him with wounds in his head. The correspondent of Palestine TV, Christine Rinawi, was also injured with shrapnel of a sound grenade in her face near the eye. The forces also assaulted and severely beat the photographer of Al-Mayadeen TV and broke the “camera holder”. The forces handed the journalist Layali Eid, correspondent of Al-Quds News Network, a call for investigation. Suppression at Al-Silsileh Gate The occupation authorities suppressed the people stationed at Al-Silsileh gate with sound grenades, rubber bullets, beatings and pushing. They also established iron barriers in the road and the people explained that the forces brutally attacked them since the morning hours with tear gas and beat them.