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Israeli forces arrested on Sunday eight Palestinians, including two women, following clashes with Palestinian worshipers and students inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
"The Israeli forces are using gas bombs against the prayers and the students," Al-Aqsa guard Othman Abu Gharbiye told Anadolu Agency.
"There are several cases of suffocation among the Palestinians," he added.
Israeli Special Forces stormed the Al Aqsa compound after the outbreak of scuffles between Palestinians and Jewish settlers who performed their Talmudic rituals inside the complex, Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said in a statement.
They arrested five young men, two women and Al-Aqsa Mosque firefighter Jadallah al-Ghoul.
"Around 50 settlers stormed (al-Haram al-Sharif) early this morning under the Israeli police and special forces protection," Abu Gharbiye confirmed.
In recent weeks, groups of Jewish settlers – often accompanied by Israeli security forces – have repeatedly entered the Aqsa Mosque complex.
The frequent violations anger Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent clashes inside the mosque compound.
Al-Aqsa is the third holiest shrine in Islam.
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: 01 Aralık 2013, 17:15