About 150 Palestinians were injured after they had gathered for Friday, April 16, in the morning of the prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, with Israeli forces entering the holy site as well as clashing with worshippers and rioters in which the scenes remind of the previous year.
Related to the ongoing tensions all over the region, on Friday morning observed the further conflicts in the Old City between Israeli Forces as well as the Palestinians celebrating Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa mosque.
Moreover, the videos posted on Social Media indicated that Israeli forces were setting off the stun grenades as well as tear gas at the mosque compound, with local Al-Aqsa authorities declaring 400 Palestinians had been apprehended. Meanwhile, Israeli forces are claiming 300 arrests.
The worshippers are also offered to have the barricaded themselves inside the holy site amid a cloud of tear gas. In contrast, others were pictured throwing rocks as the situation escalated shortly after the Friday morning, April 15, prayers.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry has mentioned on Twitter that they had entered the prayer site to seize rocks that had been allegedly gathered for any potential confrontations. “Police were forced to enter the grounds and remove the stones and rocks in order to prevent further violence.”
Along with this, the Israeli forces have stated that they were forced to intervene after rocks were thrown toward the Western Wall below, a primary holy site for Jews.
The entry into all of the Al Aqsa mosque was banned for all the individuals on Friday morning by the authorities of Israeli, mainly through the Damascus Gate, which is the route that has been used by the maximum number of the Palestinians coming from the occupied West Bank to access the holy site.
Furthermore, the closing of the route to Al-Aqsa has been a source of tension, particularly for revellers wishing to attend Friday prayers in the holy month of Ramadan.