Watch: Israeli forces attack Palestinian worshippers in Al-Aqsa Mosque

5/1/2022 12:00 PM
Al-Aqsa Mosque

At least 152 Palestinians were injured as Israeli forces raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem in the early hours of Friday morning.

The Islamic endowment that runs the masjid said Israeli forces entered in force while hundreds of Palestinian worshippers were at the site for Fajr prayers.

The raid began after prayers ended with Israeli security officers firing rubber-coated steel bullets, teargas and stun grenades into the compound.

The scenes were reminiscent of the raid on al-Aqsa last year that preceded the Israeli attacks in Gaza.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said the police blocked the arrival of ambulances and paramedics as the assault lasted four hours before the worshippers defending the masjid were cleared.  

Videos shared online showed police forces beating worshippers and storming the main prayer hall inside Al-Aqsa.  

The raid comes as concerns increase over threats by far-right Jewish groups to offer animal sacrifices in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa for the Jewish Passover holiday — something that has not occurred there since ancient times.

Earlier in the week, scholars representing over 40 Muslim organisations and groups from around the world warned against the potential Israeli raids on Al-Aqsa and the plans by Jewish extremists to conduct ritual sacrifices on the site, according to news agency Anadolu.