World Bulletin/News Desk
Israeli police early Wednesday stormed the Aqsa Mosque compound in the city of Al-Quds (Jerusalem), firing stun grenades at the Palestinians within, eyewitnesses said.
Police closed the gates of the Qabali Mosque, located inside the Aqsa Mosque compound, with iron chains.
According to Palestinian media sources, two Palestinians were injured in the attack.
Raids by Israeli police are usually meant to pave the way for the entry of Jewish settlers into the mosque compound.
Hundreds of Palestinians camped out in the mosque Tuesday night after Jewish organizations called on followers to enter the compound to mark the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which this year runs from September 18 to 25.
On Tuesday, over 40 Palestinians suffered injuries and gas inhalation in clashes with Israeli police in Jerusalem. The Palestinians were protesting against marches staged by Jewish settlers near the mosque complex.
In recent weeks, groups of Jewish settlers, often accompanied by Israeli security forces, have entered the Aqsa Mosque complex – Islam's third holiest site – on an almost a daily basis.
The frequent violations distress Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent confrontations.
Jews refer to Al-Aqsa as the "Temple Mount," claiming the area was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.Last Mod: 25 Eylül 2013, 11:57