Israeli security forces attacked Palestinian worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem (Al-Quds), injuring more than ten people in the holy site.
Israeli troops stormed the mosque early Monday by using stun grenades and tear gas against the Palestinians at the mosque, to secure entry to Israelis for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
Deputy speaker of Israel’s Knesset, Moshe Feiglin forced his way into the mosque during the clashes, heavily protected by Israeli police.
Clashes between Israeli security forces and Muslim worshippers have been ongoing for several days at Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest Muslim site, and Temple Mount.
Israeli forces regularly storm the Al-Aqsa compound to force worshippers out in occupied East Jerusalem.
According to locals, the Israeli forces attacked to prevent Palestinians in Al-Quds from holding religious ceremonies. Al-Aqsa Mosque compound director, Sheikh Omar Al-Kiswani, said the Israeli soldiers fired tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets during the clashes.
On Wednesday, similar clashes broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinians after the Israelis raided the mosque in the occupied West Bank. The violence left dozens of the Palestinian worshipers injured.
Palestinians say they are extremely angry at these raids, considering them the desecration of the holy Islamic site. The Palestinian argument is that Al-Quds is the capital of a future Palestinian independent state, and that its heritage should remain intact.
During the past decades, Israel has tried to change the demographic makeup of Al-Quds by constructing illegal settlements that have destroyed historical sites and expelled the local Palestinian population.
The Al-Aqsa compound, which lies in the Israeli-occupied Old City of Al-Quds, is a flashpoint. The location of the compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is the holiest site in Judaism.
The mosque is also Islam’s third-holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.