Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Israeli Forces Clash With Palestinian Worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli Forces Clash With Palestinian Worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli border police block the entrance to al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem last Tuesday after Palestinian suspects threw a firebomb at a police station.

Firas Dibs, spokesman for the Waqf, the Jordanian-appointed Islamic body that administers the site, said police had cleared almost all worshippers from the compound.

Concluding its statement, the movement added: "The Palestinian people are determined to undermine the Israeli measures aimed to impose a new reality in Al-Aqsa Mosque and to deny them their right to access the sacred compound".

The Waqf, the Islamic endowment body tasked with managing the holy site, said that the compound had been opened for dawn prayers attended by worshipers without incident.

Police said they found flammable materials, firecrackers and Molotov cocktails during a search of the Temple Mount after it was closed.

Wasfi Kilani, executive director of the Hashemite Fund for the Reconstruction of Al Aqsa and the Dome of Rock, has said that the issue of the Bab Al Rahmah "revealed the intentions of the extremist Jewish organisations and the scheming of the Israeli occupation forces to judaise Jerusalem and its holy sites".

Residents said police were also restricting Palestinian access to Jerusalem's Old City, where the site is located.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the "dangerous Israeli escalation" and warned of "serious repercussions".

Saif said incidents in Jerusalem was as a result of the silence of the worldwide community before the violation of all global agreements and human rights.

Israeli security forces in Jerusalem's Old City.

Several dozen worshippers gathered just outside the compound for impromptu prayers as Israeli police stood watch.

He has also called on the global community to intervene, accusing Israeli police and settlers of "consistently violating the sanctity of the mosque and provoking the sentiments of Muslims".

Worshippers on the mount have staged protests and clashed with police over the site.

Recent weeks have seen scuffles over a side building at the site known as the Golden Gate. He also called on the worldwide community to join the fight against Israeli authorities.

Israel closed the structure claiming it was used by a heritage organisation with ties to the Hamas militant group.

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