Israeli Police Storm al-Aqsa Mosque, Attack Moslem Worshippers on First Day of Eid al-Adha

OCCUPIED AL-QUDS, Israeli occupation police on Sunday attacked tens of thousands of Palestinian Muslims who were holding the morning prayers for the first day of Eid Al-Adha, one of the main Muslim holidays, at Al-Aqsa Mosque in al-Quds Old City, causing several dozen injuries, mainly among elderly people who had to be transferred to hospitals for treatment.

Lebanese TV channel al-Manar reported that Grand Mufti of al-Quds Sheikh Muhammad Hussein was among those injured.

According to the Palestinian Wafa News Agency, the attack came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and extremist right wing Israeli officials pressed for allowing fanatic Jewish settlers into the Muslim holy compound on this important Muslim holiday. In order to allow the settlers in, Israeli police attacked the Muslim worshippers and forced them out of the holy compound while preventing them from carrying out their religious duty.

 The Palestinian presidency condemned the Israeli occupation forces storming Al-Aqsa Mosque and attacking worshipers and warned that the Israeli escalation could turn the situation into religious strife.

"We hold the Israeli government responsible for allowing the police to break into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque and attack worshipers, which is a major provocation to the feelings of Muslims and serves to fuel the situation and increase tension that would drag the region to the edge of violence," said Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for the President Mahmoud Abbas.

Abu Rudeineh stressed in a statement the need to stop the Israeli violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque, stressing that it is a red line that cannot be tolerated in the face of repeated attacks on this holy place by the occupation forces and its settlers.

Meanwhile in Ramallah, Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), described  the storming of Al Aqsa Mosque Compound in al-Quds by Israeli occupation forces this Eid morning as an act of recklessness and aggression, designed to provoke religious and political tensions in the City and across Palestine.’

“We condemn this aggression, which is reprehensible and dangerous and hold the Israeli political establishment fully responsible for its grave consequences,” she said in a statement.

 “To score points in election season, Israeli politicians are competing on who can exhibit higher levels of aggression and hostility against the Palestinian people during this important religious holiday, including the endorsement of Israeli settler plans to storm Al Aqsa Compound, the PLO official said.