World Bulletin / News Desk
At least 15 Palestinians were injured in clashes between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli forces inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem).
"The clashes are still raging after Palestinian worshippers stood up to attempts to storm the compound," mosque guard Othman Abu Ghyarbiyeh told Anadolu Agency.
The clashes broke out after Israeli forces stormed the compound, firing stun bombs and rubber bullets at worshippers.
The mosque guard said that Israeli forces closed the mosque's Al-Qibali gate and sprayed pepper gas toward worshippers inside.
"Three children, two women and ten men were injured during the clashes," Abu Ghyarbiyeh said.
The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said that Israeli forces were preventing Palestinian worshippers from going in or out the mosque compound.
Jews refer to the Al-Aqsa Mosque as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.
Israel occupied Al-Quds during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state.
Palestinians accuse Israel of waging an aggressive campaign to Judaize the holy city with the aim of effacing its Arab and Islamic identity.
The Palestinians insist that Al-Quds will be the capital of their future state.