Israeli Police Denies Women, Children Access to Al-Aqsa Mosque

JERUSALEM, August 11, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli police has denied women and children access to al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in East Jerusalem, provoking resentment among the crowds, according to local sources.

WAFA correspondent said a scuffle broke out when the police denied a crowd of women and children access to the Mosque. The worshipers, women and children, chanted religious slogans against the police to show their anger. Police arrested a woman and a minor during the clash.

Last month, dozens of worshipers were injured during clashes with Israeli police private units, after they broke into the holy site and severely assaulted worshipers.

The clashes saw Israeli police private units throw rubber-coated metal bullets at the defenseless worshipers, which caused tens of suffocation cases by teargas inhalation.

In the midst of these attacks on July 29, the Israeli minister of agriculture, Uri Ariel from the Jewish Home right-wing party has provocatively broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque, heavily guarded, in coordination with the ministry of interior.

Jews refer to the site as the “Temple Mount,” claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples destroyed in ancient times. The site is home to the third holiest Mosque in Islam, and houses al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

The site has witnessed recurrent clashes in recent years between Muslim worshipers and Israeli police, most frequently due to provocative visits by Jewish extremists who believe the mosque should be destroyed and replaced with a Jewish temple.