One of the third most religious Muslim holy sites in the word, Masjid-al-Aqsa has seen violence again during the month of Ramadan. Friends of Al Aqsa is a non-profit organisation that has stated that Muslim worshippers were attacked by Israeli forces, just like last Ramadan, as a result of which, at least 152 people have been injured in Al Aqsa mosque’s compound after Friday prayers.
Most of the Palestinian injuries were incurred by rubber bullets, stun grenades and beatings. Jordan condemns these violations as the custodian of the site agreed on by a peace treaty in 1994. The spokesperson for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, has requested the international community to intervene immediately and help stop this Israeli aggression against Al-Aqsa Mosque.
There are two versions of events on how the violence unfolded. Al Jazeera is reporting that Israeli forces stormed the Mosque and in response Palestinian protestors armed themselves with rocks, wood and even fireworks to throw at the IDF. Whilst the Israeli media reported through ‘The Jerusalem Post’ that the IDF responded after a small group of protestors began to throw rocks, wood, and fireworks at IDF Personnel.
Hamas has demanded the release of nearly 500 people detained by the Israeli forces on Friday. The Israeli forces are terming these as clashes due to the Jewish Passover coinciding with Ramadan this year, but history shows that this happens often during Ramadan. Last year also towards the end of Ramadan on a Friday, as reported by Palestinian Red Crescent emergency services, more than 200 Palestinians were injured, most injuries were to the eyes and face, with about half of them requiring medical attention at hospitals and at a special field hospital that was set up. Israel said six police officers were injured.
This year Israeli police have stated that three of their officers were injured. Since this last month the Israeli forces have killed 29 Palestinians in the West Bank after the 14 Israelis that were killed in the cities.