Israeli authorities, last night, broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound and drove out Palestinians performing IÊżtikÄf inside its courtyards, at gunpoint.
Jerusalemite Al Ray sources reported that Israeli forces stormed the mosque, forced worshipersÂ out. They also photographed them and demanded their IDs.
The sources added that worshipers were prevented from capturing the event with mobiles, and seized by the passport of a Swedish worshipper, there, after he had refused to hand it over.
For over a week, Israeli forces have deliberately been targeting people performing IÊżtikÄf in the courtyards of the compound, during the holy month of Ramadan, and ejecting fromÂ its courtyards by force.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.