Thousands of Palestinians performed dawn prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where calm was restored after the Israeli occupation forces withdrew outside the sanctuary of the Temple Mount, following the storming and assault on worshipers while performing Tarawih prayers last night, causing 205 casualties.
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Hundreds of worshipers crawled through the gates of the Temple Mount to perform the dawn prayers, with chants of cheers and takbeer after a hot night and violent confrontations.
Al-Jazeera correspondent in Jerusalem, Najwan Samri, said that hundreds of worshipers returned to the Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform the dawn prayers, and to join the retreats who remained inside it during the occupation forces stormed the courtyards of the Temple Mount last night.
The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that 205 Palestinians were injured after the occupation forces stormed the Al-Aqsa courtyards, fired stun grenades and tear gas at worshipers, and arrested a number of them.
The Palestinian Red Crescent indicated that 88 wounded were transferred to hospitals, while 60 others received treatment in a field hospital, while the occupation forces prevented its medical teams from reaching Jerusalem.
Anadolu Agency quoted eyewitnesses as saying that the occupation forces arrested dozens of Palestinians returning from Al-Aqsa Mosque at the Qalandia military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank, separating the cities of Ramallah and Jerusalem, and attacked a number of young men before their arrest.
The correspondent explained that anticipation prevails for what will happen next night, “Night of Power”, with the continued reinforcements of the occupation in the vicinity of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the West Bank, and there is also anticipation after calls by settlers to storm Al-Aqsa next Monday, amid fears that what happened today will be to terrorize Palestinians and worshipers before the incursions Settlers planned on the so-called unification day of Jerusalem.
The occupation soldiers surrounded about 3 thousand worshipers in the Al-Qibli prayer hall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in an attempt to evacuate them, but the youths closed the doors, while the soldiers mounted the roofs of the mosque and fired stun grenades and rubber bullets to speed up the evacuation.
The Al-Qibli prayer hall is part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and one of its landmarks. It is a covered building topped by a lead-colored dome, and it is located south of it, facing the direction of the qiblah.
Al-Jazeera correspondent also reported that the occupation authorities hindered the work of Palestinian medical teams in Al-Aqsa, Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and Qalandia checkpoint in Jerusalem.
Demonstrations in support of Jerusalem
In light of these developments, the High Follow-up Committee called on the masses inside the Green Line to demonstrate in the various towns, in response to the aggression against the occupied city of Jerusalem.
She said in a statement last night, “We call on all components of the committee and the popular committees, to initiate demonstrations in the various towns on Saturday, and to endeavor to organize delegations to Jerusalem and the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, and to travel to Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
The statement considered the aggression of the occupation on Friday evening against thousands of worshipers in Al-Aqsa, a dangerous indication of what the occupation is planning in the coming days, for Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Denunciations and Claims
In the face of the Israeli attack on Al-Aqsa and the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the international community to provide international protection for the Palestinian people, and the official Palestinian News Agency stated that Abbas directed the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations to request an urgent session of the Security Council, against the backdrop of the developments in Jerusalem.
Abbas held – in a televised speech – “the Israeli occupation government is fully responsible for the dangerous developments and sinful attacks that are taking place in the Holy City, and the consequences thereof,” adding that “the oppression and terror of the settlers will only increase our insistence on adhering to our legitimate rights to end the occupation,” The attainment of freedom and independence, and the establishment of an independent and fully sovereign Palestinian state with its eternal capital, Jerusalem.
In a related context, Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh described what is happening in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood as a “new form of the systematic Israeli policy of displacement,” welcoming the United Nations and 5 European countries’ demand that Israel not evacuate the residents of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said that the attacks carried out by the Israeli occupation forces against the residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem amount to a crime against humanity.
Al-Maliki added, during a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart, that the Palestinian Authority asked the International Criminal Court to take a clear position on these attacks.
The Palestinian National Council – in a statement – called on Arabs and Muslims to raise their stances towards the “brutal” Israeli attacks. The Council also called on the international community not to be satisfied with its traditional verbal stances, and to move urgently to curb this aggression, as he put it.
In turn, the Fatah movement called on the Arab League, the United Nations and the international community to intervene to stop the aggressive policy of the occupation government, according to its description.
The preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Ikrimah Sabri, said that the provocative actions of the Israeli occupation against unarmed civilians were what triggered this uprising. Sabri stressed – in a previous interview with Al Jazeera – that the Palestinians would not accept this occupation.
The Palestinian Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, Fadi Al-Hidmi, described the attacks by Israel against Jerusalemites as a very dangerous harbinger, and confirmed – in an interview with Al-Jazeera – that the Palestinian government called for urgent international intervention to protect Jerusalem and the Jerusalemites.
The Deputy Director General of the Islamic Endowments in Jerusalem, Najeh Bakirat, said that the people of Jerusalem send a message to the Israeli occupation that Jerusalem is the capital of the Palestinians. Siege
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The factions are threatening
The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) said that “the occupation will pay the price for its aggression and its blatant violation of the right of Muslims to pray in their mosque.”
The head of the movement’s political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, said, “The enemy commits stupidities in Jerusalem and does not know their results.” He directed his message to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “Do not play with fire.
In a televised speech, Haniyeh called on the countries that normalized with the Israeli government to end the normalization agreements and close their embassies in Israel.
And he considered that what is taking place “an uprising that must continue and will not stop,” as he promised that the movement would defend Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa, regardless of the sacrifices, he said.
For his part, the Secretary-General of the Islamic Jihad Movement, Ziad Nakhaleh, said that what is happening in Jerusalem “cannot be tolerated, and the enemy must expect our response at any moment.” With their mosque. “