Israeli police attack Al-Aqsa, injure Palestinian worshipers
At least 178 Palestinian worshipers have been injured after Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa mosque in occupied East Jerusalem.
According to the reports, thousands of Palestinian worshipers were inside the mosque on the occasion of the last Friday of Ramadan when the Israeli assault occurred.
However, many Palestinians were also protesting forced evictions carried out by Israeli right-wing settlers in the occupied land.
Tensions had been reported for the past week as the residents of Sheikh Jarrah were facing forced evictions. Many Palestinians and rights group organised nightly vigils to support the victims.
However, the protests and sit-ins were met with skunk water, tear gas, rubber-coated bullets and shock grenades fired by Israeli forces.
Earlier on Friday, the United Nations urged Israel to end forced evictions in East Jerusalem, expressing the concerns of war crimes.
The US State Department issued a statement over the developing situation. It said: “We are extremely concerned about ongoing confrontations in Jerusalem.”
The US called on Israeli and Palestinian officials to act decisively to deescalate tensions.
Turkey and Iran have condemned the Israeli raid on the Al-Aqsa mosque. Turkish foreign minister also urged Israel to stop expanding illegal settlements in East Jerusalem.