JERUSALEM, September 24, 2014 (WAFA) – Dozens of Palestinian worshipers suffocated by tear gas inhalation whereas others were injured with rubber-coated bullets after Israeli Police forces raided al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Wednesday, according to local and media sources.
WAFA correspondent said police forced hundreds of worshipers into the southern ceiled building of the mosque, in order to allow Jewish fanatics into the mosque compound to perform rituals.
Earlier in the morning, police imposed strict measures on the entry of Muslim worshipers to al-Aqsa, preventing women and outdoor female students from getting in. Only elder men were allowed to enter the mosque, while dozens of Jerusalemites were compelled to perform the predawn prayers at the alleys leading to the mosque.
The latest procedures come amid mounting fears that Israel is planning to administer a spatial and temporal division of the mosque – the third holiest site in Islam – between Muslims and Jews. The Palestinian cabinet has also warned that such a temporal and spatial division of al-Aqsa would turn the conflict into a religious conflict.