IOF assaulted worshippers near Al-Aqsa Mosque

Friday prayer blockades continue

Israeli occupation forces stand near the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex on August 7, 2022, amidst Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip. (Photo: AFP)
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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM – On Friday, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) assaulted worshipers near the Al-Asbat Gate, one of the entrances to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Occupied Jerusalem. They prevented them from entering the mosque to perform prayers, according to the Palestinian news and information agency, Wafa.اضافة اعلان

Palestinian sources, quoted by the official agency, reported that IOF  “stopped citizens, searched them, and prevented them from entering the Old City and reaching the Al-Aqsa Mosque." These actions took place concurrently with the erection of military checkpoints, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

Additionally, IOF  "Attacked a young man and a woman, causing her to faint before arresting them, at the road leading to the Al-Asbat Gate."

Despite the severe restrictions and military measures at the gates, a "small number" of Palestinians managed to perform the Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque for the 21st consecutive week, according to Wafa.

The Islamic Waqf Department stated that "20,000 people performed Friday prayers in the courtyards of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque despite the severe restrictions on the entry of worshipers."

Israeli occupation forces were deployed since early morning at the entrances to the Old City, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and intensified their presence around the Sahira, Asbat, and Magharib gates.

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