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Israeli forces block all roads leading to al-Aqsa Mosque

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Israeli forces attack Palestinians on an alley leading to the al-Aqsa Mosque after preventing worshipers from entering the holy site in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), September 14, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

Israeli forces have stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) for a third straight day, blocking all roads leading to the holy site.

On Tuesday, Israeli soldiers attacked Palestinian worshipers inside the mosque, firing stun grenades and tear gas at them.

At least 20 Palestinians were injured and several others were arrested during the raid, according to a Palestinian eyewitness.

The Israeli troops also attacked al-Qibla Mosque in al-Quds, burned its gate and broke its windows. Palestinians were, however, quick to extinguish the fire.

The al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, along with its surrounding compound in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds is a flashpoint. The site is revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount.

The Tel Aviv regime has tried to change the demographic makeup of al-Quds over the past decades by constructing illegal settlements, destroying historical sites and expelling the local Palestinian population.

On Monday, more than 200 Israeli soldiers stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque, and attacked the Palestinians there.

Israeli forces prevent Palestinian women from entering the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), September 13, 2015. (Photo by Reuters)


The brutal assault came a day after similar clashes broke out at the site following the deployment of Israeli soldiers to the area for the Jewish Rosh Hashanah New Year holiday.

The Israeli raids against the holy site have been internationally denounced.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II warned Israel against any further violence at the al-Aqsa compound, saying, “Any more provocation in Jerusalem will affect the relationship between Jordan and Israel.”

“Jordan will not have a choice but to take actions, unfortunately,” he said.

The ministerial councils of the Arab League also issued a statement on Sunday, warning Tel Aviv against the possible consequences of its actions.

Jordan and the Arab League, however, have failed to take action against Israel in the face of previous provocations at al-Aqsa.

In a Sunday statement, United Nations (UN) Special Coordinator for Middle East Nickolay Mladenov expressed concern over the violence perpetrated by Israeli forces in East al-Quds, saying, “I encourage all to stand firmly against incitement and violence.”

‘Mere statements not enough’

In a Tuesday interview with Press TV, Stephen Lendman, an author and radio host, said the release of statements by some Arab countries to condemn the Israeli aggression against al-Aqsa Mosque is not enough.

“If Arab countries want to act against… Israeli acts, they would simply boycott Israel, they would cut off all trade, all relations and expel [Israel’s] ambassadors,” Lendman said. However, he added, the Arab governments will not take any of these measures, and it is upon the people in the Arab countries to rise and defend the Palestinians’ rights.

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