Israeli police injured 10 worshippers and detained three others after storming Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque Friday morning.
The Israeli police enforced their way into the mosque and shot rubber-coated metal bullets at the worshipers, Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, an organization responsible for administration the city’s Islamic and Christian sites.
This is the third Friday in a row that Israeli police stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque and attacked worshippers after Morning Prayer. Thousands of Palestinians perform Morning Prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to affirm their devotion to it and their refusal to the Israeli incursions.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East war. In a move never recognized by the international community, Israel invaded the entire city in 1980, claiming it as the self-proclaimed Jewish state’s “eternal and undivided” capital. Sacred to Muslims, Christians and Jews, Jerusalem is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which for Muslims represents the world’s third holiest site. Jews refer to the area as the “Temple Mount,” claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times. The complex also includes Church of the Holy Sepulcher, one of the most sacred Christian sites in the world