Dozens of Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday, firing rubber-coated bullets, tear gas, and sound bombs at Palestinian worshippers on the 28th day of Ramadan.
Israeli helicopters were seen flying above the compound.
Dozens of Palestinians were wounded, the Palestinian Red Crescent said, adding its medical teams were prevented from accessing the scene of the violence.
Israeli security forces entered through the Mughrabi Gate where thousands of Jewish settlers were waiting outside ahead of “Jerusalem Day” marches, marking Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967.
Sources from the Waqf Islamic Affairs reported many of the wounded were hit by rubber-coated metal rounds fired at worshippers.
Tensions have escalated in Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank, and the Gaza Strip throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, amid growing anger about potential forced expulsions of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah – Palestinian land claimed by illegal Jewish settlers.
Here are the latest updates:
Red Crescent: Six journalists wounded and 70 others hospitalised
The Palestinian Red Crescent said hundreds of Palestinians have been wounded, with at least 50 hospitalised.
Six other journalists suffered tear gas inhalation during their coverage of the Israeli raid on the Al Aqsa Mosque compound. Several videos showed tear gas canisters fired inside the Al Qibly Mosque, and stun grenades were fired on Palestinian women worshippers inside the Al Aqsa Mosque itself.
— حلا (@halakhalayleh) May 10, 2021
Dozens wounded inside AlAqsa Mosque compound, as Israeli forces deploy tear gas and stun grenades in the mosque yards, locals say. pic.twitter.com/H4Q5rwSfWD
— Rania Zabaneh (@RZabaneh) May 10, 2021
Israeli police ban settlers from reaching Al Aqsa compound
Israeli police have barred Jewish settlers from accessing the Al Aqsa Mosque compound which Israelis mark as Jerusalem Day.
The decision came hours before a planned march by hardline Israeli nationalists through the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, an annual event widely perceived as a provocative display of Jewish hegemony over the occupied city.
Police have allowed the flag-waving parade to take place despite growing concerns that it could further fan the flames.