Calm prevailed in Al-Aqsa Mosque and its environs after clashes broke out between the occupation forces, worshipers and retreat, which led to injuries and arrests. The occupation forces also targeted demonstrators in the West Bank and bombed sites in the Gaza Strip.
About 90,000 worshipers performed Tarawih prayers and tahajjud prayer on the night of the 27th of Ramadan inside the campus of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Al-Jazeera correspondent said that the arrival of this number to Al-Aqsa provides a message to the occupation that the Palestinians adhere to the sanctity of this place. Read also What if you live in Jerusalem and the window of your house overlooks the Dome of the Rock?British website: Jerusalem is on the verge of erupting … and other signs of an uprising are on the horizonA resident of Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem: Settlers have been sharing our house by force for 13 years
The number of worshipers on this night about two years ago was close to a quarter of a million, but the ban measures against the Corona epidemic and the recent crackdown launched by the occupation forces reduced the number of worshipers.
And early Sunday, the Palestine Red Crescent Society announced that the number of injured rose to 90 during violent confrontations in the vicinity of Jerusalem, and that 30 of them were taken to hospitals.
The confrontations between the occupation soldiers and Palestinian youths focused near the separation wall in the village of Budrus, west of Ramallah, near the town of Beita, the Hawara checkpoint south of Nablus, the Jalameh checkpoint north-east of Jenin, and the Qalandia military checkpoint north of Jerusalem.
The Red Crescent Society stated that the Israeli police prevented ambulances from reaching the injured in Bab al-Amud in the Old City, and that most of the injuries occurred with rubber bullets, stun grenades and beatings.
At midnight, the Al-Jazeera correspondent said that the occupation forces pursued Palestinian youths who had gathered in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, as well as stormed a house in the neighborhood where some young men had taken refuge during hit-and-run operations.
She added that the occupation forces prevented approaching the houses threatened with eviction in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, as well as the Palestinian solidarity movements with the residents of the neighborhood.
The occupation soldiers also fired tear gas and sound canisters at Bab Al-Sahira and Salah El-Din Street near the Old City walls.
Dozens of people were previously suffocated with tear gas in the village of Tawana, south of Hebron, in the West Bank, after settlers attacked the village’s homes and fired live bullets at them, and the Israeli army intervened after that.
Earlier, Anadolu Agency reported that the occupation forces had opened water hoses on the people of Sheikh Jarrah, and the Al-Jazeera correspondent said that the occupation prevented activists from reaching the neighborhood, and prevented dozens of buses for Palestinians from inside the Green Line from reaching Jerusalem.
On Saturday evening, the Israeli forces tightened their unprecedented security measures in the city of Jerusalem, coinciding with the influx of thousands of Palestinians to the Al-Aqsa Mosque to commemorate the Night of Power, and closed shops in the Old City.
Eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency that the heavily armed occupation forces increased their deployment in large numbers in many areas of East Jerusalem, including the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The Damascus Gate also witnessed clashes. The occupation forces arrested a number of Palestinians while dispersing the protesters.
More than 90,000 Palestinians participated in the Tarawih prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, despite the strict restrictions imposed by the occupation in recent days, to limit the movement of Palestinians inside the Old City, while the occupation forces targeted demonstrators in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The Islamic Endowments Department said that worshipers “celebrate Laylat al-Qadr at the Blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque despite the difficult occupation measures, and many worshipers were prevented from arriving, and the residents of the West Bank were closed.”
The preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ikrimah Sabri, said in a statement to Al-Jazeera that the occupation wants to empty the Temple Mount to allow the incursions of extremist Jews, adding, “We will remain in Jerusalem, and we will not accept the sanctities of the Holy Mosque.”
As for the Palestinian Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, he said, “The use of excessive force against the worshipers calls for a decisive stand by the international community.”
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On the other hand, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a tweet that Israel is acting responsibly in order to implement the law and ensure public order and freedom of worship in the holy places, as he put it.
Netanyahu had held consultations to assess the situation in light of recent events, in which the ministers of defense and internal security and the chief of the General Staff participated, in addition to other officials.
The Israeli Chief of Staff also held an evaluation meeting with senior military and security officials, and the Israeli army spokesman Avichai Adrai said on Twitter that the Chief of Staff had instructed to send additional reinforcements to the forces present in the streets of occupied Jerusalem, in addition to a series of other steps he did not name.
On the other hand, the Al-Jazeera correspondent said early in the morning, Sunday, that the artillery of the occupation army targeted two shells, an observatory for the Palestinian resistance east of Deir Al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip.
The Israeli army said it had carried out a raid on a Hamas military site in the southern Gaza Strip, after a rocket-propelled grenade was fired from it, which landed in an open area.
Last Saturday, the occupation forces threw tear gas bombs on Palestinian demonstrators near the border strip in the eastern Gaza Strip, who responded to calls to protest against the Israeli attacks in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque, and Anadolu Agency stated that the targeting resulted in a number of demonstrators suffocating and were treated in the field.
Video clips circulated by Palestinian media showed demonstrations by Palestinian youths as part of the so-called night disturbance activities in East Al-Bureij, on the borders of the central Gaza Strip, in support of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque.
On the evening of Friday, Friday, the occupation attacks on worshipers in Al-Aqsa Mosque resulted in the injury of 205 people, most of these injuries in the face, eye and chest with rubber bullets, after the Israeli forces stormed the sanctuary grounds to empty the worshipers.
Since the beginning of the current month of Ramadan, the city of Jerusalem has witnessed attacks by the Israeli police forces and settlers, especially in the Bab al-Amud and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhoods.