The Al Aqsa Foundation for Wadf and Heritage stated Friday that Israeli soldiers broke into the yards of the Al Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, attacked dozens of worshipers and fired gas bombs at them. The attack took place directly after the worshipers conducted Friday prayers at the mosque.
The residents clashed with the invading troops forcing them out of the mosques’ yard, local sources reported.

Later in the day, the army and undercover forces, based at a military post installed at a local Islamic school, invaded the yards of the mosque again, tried to surround it, but the residents clashed with them and refused to back down, an issue that forced the soldiers to ask the local guards of the mosque to intervene to enable them to leave the area through the Moghrabi Gate (Bab Al Magharba), Al Silsila Gate (Gate of the Chain).

Furthermore, Israeli media sources reported that the soldiers kidnapped three Palestinians when the army broke into the Mosque’s yards.

The Israeli Radio reported that the three Palestinians were moved to the Al Maskobiyya dentition and interrogation center, west of Jerusalem.

The Al Aqsa Foundation strongly denounced that Israeli attack against the mosque and the worshipers, and stated that this attack is part of ongoing Israeli attempts to take over the mosque by all means.