At least 25 Palestinians and four Israeli soldiers injured in Sunday’s clashes as Israeli security forces stormed occupied East Jerusalem’s al Aqsa mosque, world’s third holiest site in Islam.
The Israeli security forces forcefully entered to the compound to clear way for right-wing Jews who were visiting the compound on the annual day of Jewish mourning.
According to Anadolu Agency (AA), the security forces attacked the muslim worshipers near the compound’s iconic al Aqsa and al Qibali mosques firing stun grenades and rubber bullets over them.
“Israeli forces sealed the al Aqsa gates, preventing worshipers from entering the mosque,” an eyewitness told AA.
However, Palestinians responded the Israeli forces throwing stones and fireworks to prevent them from entering the al Aqsa compound, Israeli security forces claimed.
According to Haaretz, three East Jerusalem residents were arrested for reportedly throwing stones at Israeli border police.
Palestinian authorities have condemned the Israeli authorities for permitting what they defined as “provocative” fanatic Jews.
This is the first time since last November that Israeli forces had entered the al Aqsa mosque.
Israelis refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," and claim that it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.
Muslims consider Jerusalem as the third holiest soil where holy al Aqsa mosque compound was regarded as the first qiblah of Islam after Kaaba in Mecca and Prophet’s Mosque in Medina in Saudi Arabia.
The old city of Jerusalem is also home to some Christian holy sites such as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Christian community believe Jesus Christ was crucified by the Romans.