IOF attack Palestinian young worshipers, bar them from going to Aqsa Mosque

[ PIC 15/08/2012 – 09:39 AM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) tightened restrictions in the occupied city of Jerusalem to prevent the Palestinian worshipers, especially the young men, from going to the Aqsa Mosque.

The IOF late on Tuesday attacked hundreds of Palestinian young men as they were trying to enter Jerusalem through Qalandiya checkpoint between Ramallah city and Jerusalem to attend the night prayers.

The Israeli soldiers also prevented many Palestinians from the West Bank to enter Jerusalem, although they had passes.

A Palestinian child was reportedly wounded in his face when the IOF fired stun and tear gas grenades at the Palestinian young men at Qalandiya checkpoint, according to a reporter for the Palestinian information center (PIC).

Many Palestinian young men managed to enter Jerusalem for the night prayers after they climbed over the segregation wall, but they suffered burns in their hands because they used ropes to get down the wall.

Despite the Israeli restrictions, more than 300,000 Palestinians, mostly from Jerusalem and the 1948 occupied lands, attended the night prayers at the Aqsa Mosque, according to the Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage.

The foundation said it served at sundown Tuesday in cooperation with other organizations about 150, 000 fasting worshipers.

Al-Bayarek organization also hired about 200 buses to transfer Palestinian worshipers from the 1948 occupied lands to the Aqsa Mosque to break their fast there and attend the night prayers.

The Aqsa Mosque and its courtyards were crammed yesterday with thousands of Palestinian worshipers and many of them intend to stay the remaining nights of Ramadan inside the Mosque.


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