Israel attacks Palestinian protesters
JERUSALEM: Israeli forces injured scores of Palestinians, including medics, journalists, and a 10-yearold girl on Tuesday night, as ongoing demonstrations against new Israeli security measures at al-Aqsa Mosque, were again brutally suppressed.
The violent clashes came hours after Israeli authorities removed metal detectors installed at the mosque’s gates last week – only to replace them with more advanced surveillance technology at the holy site and throughout the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.
Palestinians have maintained their objection to all new security measures, and are demanding that the situation return to how it was before July 14, when a deadly shootout at the compound provided an impetus for Israel to further impose its control over al-Aqsa, in contravention of agreements.
Israeli forces attacked Palestinians who were performing the Ishaa, night-time prayer inside and outside the walls of the Old City, as part of an ongoing civil disobedience movement. Israeli soldiers chased thousands of peaceful worshippers, including women, children and the elderly, firing stun grenades and tear gas.
Israeli police pushed and beat worshippers with batons in an attempt to disperse them from the Lions’ Gate entrance to the Old City. Young Palestinian men then clashed with Israeli forces in areas of occupied East Jerusalem.
Fighters from al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Fatah movement, protest in Gaza City against security measures at al-Aqsa mosque.