Israeli Police Forces Storm al-Aqsa Mosque, Target Worshipers

JERUSALEM, September 27, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli police Sunday broke into al-Aqsa Mosque compound and fired stun grenades toward worshipers inside the compound, according to local sources.

WAFA correspondent said Israeli police, in statement, stated that the breaking incident occurred after police stationed at al-Magharbeh Gate, one of the gates leading to the mosque, came under stones and firecrackers thrown by worshipers who barricaded themselves inside al-Aqsa compound.

There were no reports of injuries or arrests.

Late Saturday, hundreds of worshipers remained vigilant at the site against expected provocative raids by Jewish fanatics into the Islamic holy site to mark the Sukkot holiday on Monday.

To be noted, provocative visits by Jewish extremists to the holy site recently prompted a new surge of violence and clashes there, amid Israel’s unilateral measure of temporally dividing the site between Muslims and Jews.

Palestinians worry that if Jewish visitors were allowed to pray in the holy al-Aqsa Mosque’s yards daily, it would eventually lead to a permanent change, which will result in full Israeli control and ban on Muslims’ entry and prayer.

The fear stems from ongoing Israeli policy which prevents Palestinians living in the West Bank from obtaining permits to enter Jerusalem to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque and many restrictions on Jerusalemites’ entrance to the holy Compound, including holding their identity cards until they leave the Mosque.

Many Palestinian worshipers who stay at Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan and throughout the year have received banning orders from the Israeli court, preventing them from entering or praying at the holy site.