Web Desk Published: 5 April at 04:14 | Updated: 6 April at 04:15
Israeli Police Attack Worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, Several Injured
Dozens of worshippers were attacked by the Israeli police in Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, according to witnesses cited by Al Jazeera. The raid took place in the early hours of Wednesday, with the police claiming they responded to "rioting" in the area.
The Palestinian Red Crescent reported injuries resulting from the raid, but the number of those hurt was not disclosed. The group also claimed that Israeli forces prevented medics from reaching the mosque.
An elderly woman, who was reciting the Quran at the time of the raid, said that stun grenades were hurled at her and one hit her chest. She wept as she spoke to Reuters.
The Israeli police claimed that they had to enter the mosque after "masked agitators" locked themselves inside with fireworks, sticks, and stones. They added that a police officer was wounded in the leg during the incident.
Palestinian groups have condemned the attack, describing it as a crime. Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesperson for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, warned the Israeli occupation against crossing red lines at holy sites, which could lead to a big explosion.
Jordan and Egypt also released statements on the incident, with the former condemning Israel's "flagrant" storming of the compound and the latter calling for an immediate stop to the "blatant assault" on worshippers