JERUSALEM – Dozens of Israeli police and soldiers carried out a morning raid on the Al-Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem. Witnesses said concussion grenades and tear gas were used and several Palestinians were injured.
The Israeli security personnel used tear gas and stun grenades, as they entered the compound to arrest what they called Palestinian “stone throwers”.
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Omar Kiswani, the manager of Al-Aqsa Mosque, told that 80 “Jewish settlers” protected by the Israeli police, attacked the mosque when confronted by Palestinian volunteer guards.
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A statement issued by the Israeli police said that “masked protesters who were inside the mosque threw stones and fireworks at police”. A Muslim witness accused police of entering the mosque and causing damage, saying prayer mats were partially burned.
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Clashes later continued outside the mosque complex, with police firing tear gas and stun grenades. Israeli security forces closed the mosque’s compound to worshippers following the clashes that come just hours before the start of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned what he called an “attack” by Israeli authorities.
Micky Rosenfeld, a spokesman for Israeli police, said that the Israeli police received intelligence in the morning about the possible disturbances at Al-Aqsa Mosque that would involve explosive devices as well as stones thrown at Jewish visitors.
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Mustafa Barghouti, the secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, said that the Israeli police were being dishonest.
“The Israeli police are lying, they have lied before and they are lying again,” he said.
It is unacceptable by whole Muslim community.