Report: Israel used excessive force against worshipers in OJ

[ 23/08/2011 – 01:59 PM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Quds center for social and economic rights accused Israel of using excessive force against thousands of worshipers while heading to attend the Friday congregation in the Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

A report by the center’s research and documentation department published on Monday said that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) used teargas, stun grenades, and hot polluted water against the masses.

It said that horse-mounted police charged against worshipers while whipping them with batons injuring at least seven of them while dozens suffered breathing difficulty as a result of the use of teargas canisters by the IOF.

The IOF measure of barring hundreds of Old City citizens from attending the congregation led to confrontations that ended with the arrest of four citizens, it said.

The center described the Israeli ban on entry of worshipers into the Aqsa and using force against those protesting the step as brazen violation of the freedom of worship.

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