Israeli police, this evening, assaulted several Palestinian worshipers and detained two of them while they were present at the Bab al-Rahma prayer area inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in occupied Jerusalem, witnesses told WAFA.
Police officers broke into Bab al-Rahma and physically assaulted the worshipers and attacked them with teargas, for no apparent reason. At least two of the worshipers were detained by the police during the attack.
The prayer area was reopened in February of 2019, after it had been closed by Israeli police for 16 years, under the claim of a court order, which turned out to be false.
The Islamic Waqf department, in charge of running the affairs of the mosque, has insisted on keeping the Bab al-Rahma prayer area open to Muslim devotees after it became clear to them that Israel wants to keep it off limits to Muslims in order to give Jewish fanatics, who call for rebuilding their temple inside Al-Aqsa compound, free access and presence in the area.
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Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (email@example.com)