Videos depict armed Israeli soldiers torturing worshipers inside the Al-Aqsa mosque as women and children scream for assistance.
On Tuesday night in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli forces brutally attacked dozens of worshippers from the Palestinian Authority inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque and forcibly removed them from the location where they had been peacefully observing the holy month of Ramadan.
Numerous heavily armed police officers stormed the area, used stun grenades, and fired tear gas into the Qibli prayer hall, which is the structure with the silver dome and was being used as a place of overnight prayer by hundreds of men, women, elderly people, and children. Rubber-coated steel bullets were allegedly also fired, according to some witnesses.
Then, Israeli police beat worshippers with batons and riot guns, injuring many of them, before taking them into custody. It was not immediately clear what was wrong with them. Israeli police repeatedly bashed people with batons while they appeared to be lying on the ground, as seen in videos taken from inside the mosque. In the background, women and children’s cries for assistance could be heard.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) stated that it received multiple injuries reports at Al-Aqsa Mosque, but that it was unable to estimate the number of casualties because Israeli forces prevented medical personnel from reaching the injured. One surgeon was gone after by an Israeli cop and injured external one of the mosque’s entryways.
A PRCS spokesperson stated that they were informed that the wounded in the raid have been evacuated, but they do not know by whom or where. According to local media, the assault resulted in dozens of injuries, including bruises, fractures, and breathlessness from inhaling tear gas. People appeared to be unconscious in some online videos from the scene.
A female onlooker let nearby media know that ladies were let out yet the men were brutally beaten and captured. “Each and every one of them was brutally beaten. Every single man, “she declared.
Israeli authorities said in a statement that they had detained dozens of Al-Aqsa Mosque “rioters” to restore order. Between 400 and 500 men, according to the Palestinian Commission on the Affairs of Detainees, have been detained.
Through speaker phones, Jerusalem’s mosques urged people to rally in support of the assaulted following the raid. In various parts of the city, confrontations between residents and police broke out.
Reporters was informed by an unidentified Old City resident that the screams heard during the raid could be heard everywhere. “Right now, Jerusalem is on fire. “The sound of grenades can be heard everywhere,” he stated. The situation is not reassuring because we can hear ambulances all over the city.
In the involved West Bank, many Palestinians rioted to denounce the attack and face Israeli soldiers at designated spots and armed force posts. In addition, rallies were held in Gaza, Umm al-Fahm, a Palestinian town in Israel, and Amman, the capital of Jordan.
Later, the Gaza Strip launched rockets at Israel. According to Israeli media, at least one rocket landed inside the nation and damaged a food factory. This was trailed via air strikes from the Israeli military focusing on a few areas in the blockaded strip. Neither side reported any casualties.
In the wake of the raid, shootings at Israeli targets were also reported over the course of the night in Nablus, Jenin, Tulkarm, Hebron, Ramallah, and Jericho. This led to some armed confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers. Israeli media outlets reported that a firefight in Hebron resulted in the injury of one Israeli soldier, who was transported to a hospital for treatment.