World Bulletin/News Desk
At least 30 Palestinians suffered various injuries during an assault by Israeli troops on Muslim worshippers inside East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound following Friday prayers, a Palestinian NGO has said.
"A large number of Israeli troops stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound through the Al-Magharbeh and the Al-Silseleh gates and attacked worshippers following Friday prayers," the Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage, a Palestinian NGO, said in a statement.
According to the NGO, which is devoted to safeguarding the holy site against Israeli violations, Israeli troops showered worshippers with stun grenades, teargas and rubber bullets before attacking them with batons.
Journalists and medics at the scene were also reportedly assaulted.
At least eight Palestinian worshippers were arrested by Israeli authorities as they tried to leave the mosque complex, the NGO added.
Earlier in the day, eyewitnesses said that Israeli army and police forces had used teargas and stun grenades to disperse a gathering of Palestinian worshippers inside the Al-Aqsa complex.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said at least five Palestinians had been arrested in connection with Friday's "disturbances."
"No injuries reported. Police at the scene. Situation quiet," he said via Twitter.
For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.
Israel occupied Al-Quds during the 1967 Middle East War. It unilaterally annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state – a move never recognized by the international community.
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