Details…hundreds of injuries and dozens of arrests…storming Al-Aqsa and assaults
May 8, 2021

The occupation authorities turned Al-Aqsa Mosque into a battlefield, after storming it and attacking tens of thousands of worshipers in Al-Aqsa, before the time for the evening call to prayer and Al-Taraweeh prayers.

Eyewitnesses reported that verbal altercations took place between a young man and the police stationed at Al-Silsileh Gate "from the outside", and suddenly the forces stormed Al-Aqsa, and began throwing sound bombs and rubber bullets intensively at the worshipers in Al-Aqsa, which led to violent confrontations, and spread to all of Al-Aqsa courtyards.

The occupation forces used excessive force in Al-Aqsa Mosque, in an attempt to evacuate it from the worshipers, whose numbers were estimated at tens of thousands, and the forces began a random evacuation process to Al-Aqsa, and the personal belongings of the worshipers, "bags and shoes", were seen scattered in the mosque's yards, as well as food and prayer rugs, where the worshipers were forced to leave them during the indiscriminate suppression.

Over the course of 3 and a half hours, the forces fired sound grenades and rubber bullets indiscriminately in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa, inside the roofed prayer halls, and inside the emergency room, and also assaulted the employees of the Islamic Endowment.

The occupation forces tried to prevent and end the Al-Taraweeh prayer, by storming Al-Aqsa and attacking the worshipers during it on the one hand, and cutting off the speakers’ wires on the other hand, and despite that the prayer continued.

Troops surrounded the worshipers inside the Al-Qibli Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that its teams dealt with 205 injuries during clashes in Jerusalem, and 88 injuries were taken to hospitals.

The Red Crescent indicated that the injuries in Al-Aqsa were mainly in the face, eyes and chest.

After storming Al-Aqsa, the forces set up iron barriers and deployed their forces at the gates of the Old City, and clashes broke out in the area of Damascus Gate.

Sheikh Jarrah

The occupation forces suppressed the solidarity demonstrations in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, which took place on Friday afternoon and evening, and the forces isolated parts of the neighborhood from each other, to prevent access to the vicinity of homes threatened with eviction, and attacked the demonstrators with beating, sound grenades and wastewater.

A Ramadan Iftar was set up in the neighborhood.

Dozens of settlers stormed the neighborhood and were stationed in the seized building of Al-Ghawi family, and provoked the residents while they were breaking their fast by forming special dances and prayers.

Arrests

The occupation forces carried out arrests on Friday from the city of Jerusalem, and the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Jerusalem stated that the forces had arrested: Areen Za'aneen, Mufid Saeedeh, Anwar Al-Basiti, Salah Idris, Ahmed Khawaja, Mohammad Khawaja, Mo’men Jabali, Yousef Salim, Ibrahim Al-Sous, Salah Diab, Mohammad Al-Risheq, Mohammad Shweiki, Ahmad Abu Khweis, Mohammad Shreih, Oraib Shalash, Jamal Al-Husseini, and Raed Zghayyar.