Worshippers Injured, Arrested in Clashes in Al-Aqsa Compound

WAFA News Agency Febr 19 2012

JERUSALEM, February 19, 2012 (WAFA) – Several worshippers Sunday were injured and three were arrested during clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli police and Border Guards in al-Haram al-Sharif compound in the Old City of Jerusalem after Israeli settlers attempted to storm it, said WAFA correspondent.

He said Palestinians gathered in the compound since dawn following calls by extremist settlers to storm al-Aqsa Mosque and perform Jewish rituals in it.

Several worshippers and three Israeli soldiers were reported injured in scuffles; whereas three Palestinians were arrested under the pretext of throwing stones at right wing extremist Israelis and preventing them from entering the mosque.

Meanwhile, Israeli police shut down al-Haram al-Sharif gates, locking worshippers inside, and prevented anyone from entering the compound after Palestinians protested the police’s earlier decision to allow only worshippers over 45 years to enter.

Ahmed Qurei, the head of the Jerusalem affairs department in the PLO, condemned the Israeli extremist settlers’ attempt to storm al-Aqsa compound protected by the Israeli police.

He considered the attempt as a part of the “Israeli de facto policy” to normalize settlers’ presence in al-Haram al-Sharif up to building their alleged Temple.


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