Israeli soldier hurls grenade near Aqsa Mosque

[ 21/04/2011 – 08:51 AM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– An Israeli soldier hurled a grenade late Wednesday night in the courtyard of the Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

An Israeli patrol vehicle parked near the eastern wall of the mosque, Palestinian witnesses reported. Then, a soldier exited and threw an explosive grenade at a bush area in the courtyard and fled the scene towards the Mount of Olives. However, there was no report of injury or damage.

In a related development, extremist Jewish groups have boosted presence outside of the Aqsa Mosque and roamed the mosque’s courtyards under the protection of Israeli soldiers and police.

A mosque security guard said Israeli police have pushed more of its elements to support its forces stationed at the Aqsa Mosque’s Dome of the Rock, while Palestinian worshipers stationed at the mosque since dawn prayers have carefully watched the Jewish settlers who have entered the sacred zone. The worshippers said they would confront attempts to perform Jewish rituals in the courtyard.

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