Jerusalem24 – Five Palestinian worshippers were injured and a dozen others arrested today in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, during the successive incursions of groups of Israeli settlers into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque on the occasion of the Jewish New Year.
The Islamic Endowments in Jerusalem said, “335 settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa courtyards from the Mughrabi Gate side, performed Talmudic rituals, and carried out provocative tours in the mosque’s courtyards, as well as blowing the trumpet at the Qattanin Gate.”
There was an increased Israeli police presence inside the courtyards, as well as military border police deployment in the Old City.
Jerusalem24’s reporter in Jerusalem said that Israeli forces attacked Palestinians within the courtyards of the mosque, which led to the injury of two of them with bruises, and the arrest of a dozen others.
Since the early hours of the morning, Israeli police have imposed strict restrictions on the entry of Palestinians to the mosque, checking IDs and detaining a number of them at the gate.
Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said in a statement: “The Palestinian presidency condemns the Israeli forces and settlers storming the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City and attacking and arresting worshippers.”
Abu Rudeineh added that the situations “forewarns of an escalation that can lead to an explosion and more tension and violence.”
For its part, the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs condemned this afternoon “the escalating and continuous violations committed by extremists in storming the Al-Aqsa Mosque under the intense protection of the occupation police.”
Restrictions for Palestinian worshippers and Palestinian Jerusalemites in the Old City are due to stay in place until the end of the Jewish New Year holiday on Tuesday.