Dozens of Israeli soldiers and police officers invaded, Thursday morning, the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, in the West Bank, just before hundreds of Israeli colonizers stormed the courtyards of the holy site. As a result, at least 21 Palestinians, including an elderly man, have been injured.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers attacked many Palestinians, including several women, and forced them to leave the Mosque.

They added that the soldiers also surrounded dozens of Palestinians in the al-Qibli Mosque and fired rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs at them.

Medical sources said an elderly man was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet, and dozens of Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Three of the wounded Palestinians suffered life-threatening wounds after the soldiers shot them with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the head and back.

The sources added that the soldiers also attacked many Palestinian journalists and forced them to leave the courtyards of the holy site before allowing dozens of colonizers in several groups to invade the courtyard of the holy site.

The soldiers also attacked many medics, causing injuries, and prevented them from providing the needed medical treatment for wounded Palestinians before forcing them to leave the courtyards of the holy site and abducting at least three young men.

The attacks against Al-Aqsa escalated starting Friday morning and have led to hundreds of injuries and dozens of abductions.

On Thursday dawn, the soldiers installed many roadblocks in the Old City and all streets and alleys leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque gates before preventing hundreds of Palestinians, especially young men, from entering the holy site.