Fresh clashes have erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian worshippers after the Israelis entered the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in the occupied West Bank.
At least 20 people were reportedly injured in clashes on Wednesday after the Israeli forces fired plastic bullets and tear gas and threw grenades at the Palestinian worshippers in the al-Aqsa Mosque compound to disperse them.
Israeli forces set up barriers in front of all of the compound’s gates to prevent Palestinian worshippers from entering the mosque.
The mosque, widely revered by Muslims, has been the scene of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli settlers and troops in recent weeks.
Palestinians say Tel Aviv is planning to change the status quo and Judaize al-Quds.
The al-Aqsa Mosque compound, located in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds, is a flashpoint holy Islamic site. The location of the compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is the holiest site in Judaism. The mosque is Islam’s third holiest after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina, Saudi Arabia.