Israeli Army Suppresses Solidarity Rally with Al-Aqsa, Suffocation Cases Reported

BETHLEHEM, September 29, 2015 (WAFA) – Several Palestinians Tuesday suffocated after inhaling tear gas fired at them by Israeli army forces as the latter suppressed a rally to the north of Bethlehem in solidarity with al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Head of the Palestinian Red Crescent in Bethlehem, Mohammed Awad, informed WAFA that  Israeli army forces used tear gas canisters to crush Palestinians who rallied in support of al-Aqsa mosque in light of recent Israeli police attacks –  the latest attack took place on Monday –  on the mosque compound and worshipers to enforce a unilateral division between Muslims and Jews, who believe the mosque should be destroyed and replaced with a Jewish temple.

During Bethlehem clashes, Several Palestinians suffocated as a result of tear gas inhalation. They were all treated at the scene.

During the past two weeks, the site has been a scene of renewing clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian worshipers, prompted by the entry of Jewish fanatics who organize provocative visits to the site to mark Jewish holidays.

Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest place for Muslims, has since 1967 been the center of the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict. While it is widely known as Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jews refer to the site as the “Temple Mount” and believe it was the site of two Jewish temples destroyed in ancient times.