Massive protests held across Gaza in solidarity with Al-Aqsa Mosque
Palestine–Thousands of Palestinian protestors marched on Friday across the Gaza Strip to protest Israeli forces breaking into the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied al-Quds (Jerusalem).
Protesters assembled in central Gaza and raised the Palestinian flags. They chanted slogans calling for Arab and international support for Al-Aqsa Mosque worshippers. Reportedly, the coordinator of the National and Islamic Forces Committee, Khaled al-Batesh, said, “The Israeli forces must be held accountable for attacking unarmed worshippers in Al-Aqsa Mosque.” He further said, “What hurts Palestinian worshippers in Al-Aqsa Mosque hurts all Muslims.” The worshippers were attacked by Israeli soldiers inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Many Palestinians barricaded themselves inside the mosque as they fought Israeli security forces.
People gathered at the holy site for weekly Friday prayers during the holy month of Ramadan when the clash broke out between the Israeli forces and Palestinians. Palestinians threw rocks and Israeli police fired stun grenades. The Palestinian Red Crescent emergency service said it treated 152 people after the unrest.
Tensions have soared between Israel and Palestinian in recent weeks. The recent attack by Israeli forces in Jenin killed several Palestinians. The attack came in response to last week’s attack by a Palestinian in Israel’s city of Tel Aviv, which killed three people. Subsequently, Israeli troops carried out a wave of arrests and military operations across the occupied West Bank.
Last year, repetitive violence against Palestinian worshipers at the al-Aqsa Mosque led to an 11-day war between Palestine and the Israeli forces. At least 260 Palestinians, including 66 children, were killed because of the unrest. The Mosque has been a major point of Israeli-Palestinian violence for decades. Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 war. Palestinians want the eastern part of the city to be the capital of a future state. They also want the occupied West Bank as part of their future independent state.