Dozens Injured After Israeli Forces Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque (+Video)
- May, 10, 2021 - 11:34
- World news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Numerous people have reportedly been injured after Israeli forces raided Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem al-Quds, the second time since Friday, amid soaring tensions over Israeli plans to forcibly evict Palestinian families from their homes.
Israeli security personnel used tear gas and stun grenades while storming the holy site, according to eyewitness reports. Dozens of people have been injured, the Middle East Eye reported, citing religious authorities. At least three people have been transported to a nearby hospital to receive treatment for their injuries, Turkish media reported, citing the Palestine Red Crescent.
Footage posted to social media appears to show a skirmish outside the mosque between Palestinians and Israeli forces. Protesters are seen throwing rocks as loud bangs can be heard, likely from crowd-control munitions being fired by police.
The United Nations’ children agency reports that the Israeli regime’s recent aggression in the holy occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds has injured 29 children, including a one-year-old, saying some of the victims have suffered head and spine injuries.
The casualties have been caused during the regime’s violence across al-Quds, including in its Old City and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, UNICEF said on Sunday.
“A one-year old toddler was among those injured. Some children were taken for treatment at hospitals with injuries in the head and the spine,” the body added.
Since the beginning of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, the Israeli regime has been carrying out repeated assaults on Palestinian worshippers and protesters on al-Aqsa Mosque’s compound, Islam’s third-holiest site, that is located in al-Quds’ Old City.
Also during the month, the forces attacked Palestinian homes in East al-Quds’ Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. The aggressors were trying to prompt the Palestinians to abandon their residences there. The regime had earlier issued them warnings that they had to evacuate their homes.
UNICEF said, “Eight Palestinian children were meanwhile arrested” during the assaults.
The UNICEF report also featured a chilling account of how the regime would barbarically prevent the wounded Palestinian children from receiving treatment.
“UNICEF received reports that ambulances were restricted from arriving on location to assist and evacuate the injured and that an on-site clinic was reportedly hit and searched.”
According to the Palestinian Red Crescent emergency service, during the time space between Friday and Sunday, Tel Aviv’s brutality wounded around 305 Palestinians throughout al-Quds.
The regime has been deploying rubber bullets, tear gas, stun grenades, and water cannons against the protesters.
The service has echoed UNICEF’s account about Israeli interference in Palestinians’ treatment, saying the forces once attacked an ambulance operated by it in al-Quds’ Palestinian-majority At-Tur neighborhood.
Early on Monday, the Palestinian Red Crescent emergency service said the Palestinian casualty figure had climbed up by 14.
The casualties, it said, were caused during clashes in Bab al-Amoud (Damascus Gate) of the Old City and Sheikh Jarrah.
Protests have erupted elsewhere, including the port city of Haifa in the occupied territories and the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, where al-Quds is located, in condemnation of the regime’s measures targeting the Palestinians.