At least 18 Israeli settlers, again led by Rabbi Yehuda Glick and guarded by Israeli police, have stormed al-Aqsa mosque through the Moroccans’ gate.Israeli forces arrested, this morning, Ziad Abu Rahal, a Palestinian student from Nazareth, as he attempted to prevent the settlers from storming the compound.
According to Al Ray, Director of Media in Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage, Mahmoud Abu Atta, said that Israeli forces tightened restrictions on worshiper and student access to the mosque and confiscated their IDs.
Israeli special police and rapid intervention forces deployed to the yards of al-Aqsa, where hundreds chanted ‘Allahu Akbar (God is Greatest)’ in trying to prevent the storming of the mosque, Atta said.
Yesterday morning, Israeli forces attacked a woman and a child in the compound.
According to the PNN, an eyewitness said that the Israeli army assaulted one Meslah Naser Shhadeh and his teacher, Randa Abu- Sneineh, next to the mosque.
The two were transferred to a nearby hospital.
The previous day, four children, aged between 11 and 14, were abducted from the grounds after flying a kite constructed with a plastic bag.
The PNN further reports that around 80 settlers raided the compound accompanied by Israeli police, one of the groups apparently coming from the Moqour Haeem School, where the three missing settlers attend classes.
In recent months, groups of Jewish Israeli settlers accompanied by Israeli forces, have repeatedly forced their way into the Al-Aqsa complex, often leading to violent confrontations.
The al-Aqsa organization has called on the international community to protect the mosque, as further raids are in the works.
The so-called ‘Temple Mount’ group, led by Glick, has called for a general campaign against al-Aqsa as the month of Ramadan approaches for Muslim devotees.
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