Israeli police attack worshippers in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli police have stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem and arrested worshippers in a violent raid at dawn on Wednesday, according to witnesses.

Palestinian witnesses said the Israeli forces used excessive force firing stun grenades and tear gas causing suffocation injuries to the worshippers.

The Palestinian Red Crescent reported injuries but did not elaborate on how many people were hurt. It said in a statement that Israeli forces were preventing its medics from reaching Al-Aqsa.

“I was sitting on a chair reciting (Qur’an),” an elderly woman told the Reuters news agency while sitting outside the mosque, struggling to catch her breath. “They hurled stun grenades, one of them hit my chest,” she said as she began to cry.

Israeli police said in a statement that they were forced to enter the compound after “masked agitators” locked themselves inside the mosque with fireworks, sticks and stones.

“When the police entered, stones were thrown at them and fireworks were fired from inside the mosque by a large group of agitators,” the statement said, adding that a police officer was wounded in the leg.

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