Israeli police raid Al Aqsa Mosque leaving dozens of worshipers wounded on Friday night.
As bring reported, Israeli police have attacked Muslim worshippers inside the Al Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City as weeks-long tensions between Israel and the Palestinians over Jerusalem soared once again.
Reportedly, at least 178 Palestinians were injured in the violence on Friday evening.
According to the Palestinian Red Crescent emergency service, 83 people were hospitalized while most of the wounded suffered injuries on faces and eyes from rubber-coated bullets and shrapnel from stun grenades.
As being reported, clashes erupted when Israeli police deployed heavily as Muslims were offering evening prayers at Al-Aqsa during the holy month of Ramadan.
Earlier, tens of thousands of Palestinian worshippers had packed into the mosque on the last Friday of Ramadan and many stayed on to protest in support of Palestinians facing eviction from their homes on Israeli-occupied land claimed by Jewish settlers.
Disturbing videos and images pour in on social media showing Israeli police’s aggression towards Palestinian Muslims.
Video footage from the scene being shared on social media shows worshippers throwing chairs, shoes, and rocks towards the police and while the Israeli officers opened fire.
Israeli police had also closed gates leading to Al-Aqsa inside the walled Old City.
This moment #Israel soldiers entered Bab-al-Rahma Prayer hall in #AlAqsaMosque and fire stun grenades at #Muslim worshippers inside !#IsraeliCrimes #IsraeliAttackonAlAqsa #AlQuds #Palestine #PalestinianLivesMatter #المسجد_الأقصى #القدس_تنتفض #القدس_اقرب #فلسطين_تنتفض pic.twitter.com/ftp8Yr11NT
— Saad ibn Muhammad Sajid (@SaadbinMohamme1) May 8, 2021
Palestinian Red Crescent : 53 Palestinians were injured in AlAqsa Mosque, SheikhJarrah & Damascus Gate. Dozens of Israeli soldiers stormed Al Aqsa mosque under heavy cover of sound grenades + rubber coated steel bullets.#IsraeliAttackonAlAqsa pic.twitter.com/7wXR5JySxX
— Syeda Batool Zehra Zaidi (@BatoolZ15331768) May 7, 2021
Tonight on the l, 'the day of Quds' and on iftar-time in Palestine, the IDF crossed many red lines.
Al-Aqsa mosque was overwhelmed by the zionist terrorists, they threw smoke grenades inside and outside the mosque#IsraeliAttackonAlAqsa#SaveSheikhJarrah pic.twitter.com/7XWrN8LfSY
— عیسیٰ (@iamEssazaidi) May 8, 2021
enough is enough. no one deserves to live with such fear within them. no child or adult needs to pass through such trauma. innocent peoples lives are being taken every day. WAKE UP. RAISE YOUR VOICES. SPREAD AWARENESS. #SaveSheikhJarrah
— 𝑀🚀 | şevval fc (@haannkker) May 8, 2021
Do you wanna see real face of terrorism??
Watch this, Palestinians were praying peacefully then they were attacked by Israeli forces.#SaveSheikhJarrah
#انقذوا_حي_الشيخ_جراح#المسجد_الاقصي#القدس_تنتفض#MescidiAksa#IsraeliAttackonAlAqsa#FreePalestin #Palestinelivesmatter pic.twitter.com/JSPiUyiKP3
— Hamza Tahir® 🇵🇰🇵🇸 (@realhamzatahir) May 7, 2021
Attack on worshipers during Taraweeh prayers in Al-Aqsa Mosque
How long will Muslim countries remain silent?
Any justification for the silence of the international community on this attack ?
May Allah free #Palestine #IsraeliAttackonAlAqsa#PalestinianLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/aJSDzGccWC
— Asma Jabeen (@Syyeda_Asma) May 8, 2021
The tensions in the city continued to sore after the Friday sermon given by Sheikh Tayseer Abu Sunainah, as the core topic was the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israeli forces set up several roadblocks and checkpoints along the way to the holy site, blocking thousands of Palestinians from the occupied West Bank were blocked from reaching the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
“Our people will remain steadfast and patient in their homes, in our blessed land,” Abu Sunainah said of the multiple Palestinian families in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood who could be evicted under a long-running legal case.
Following Friday prayers, thousands remained in the compound to protest against the evictions, with many waving Palestinian flags and chanting a refrain common during Jerusalem protests: “With our soul and blood, we will redeem you, Aqsa”.
Last night’s raid on the holy mosque has left the hashtag #SaveSheikhJarrah trending on social media.
— dee⁷ (@kookdice) May 8, 2021
Last Friday, Israeli troops killed two Palestinians and wounded a third in a shooting incident after the men opened fire on a base belonging to Israel’s paramilitary Border Police force in the occupied West Bank.