Footage shows the Israeli police pushing around and strong-arming Palestinian women during scuffles at the al-Aqsa Mosque’s compound in the holy occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds.
The clashes broke out on Tuesday after a reported fire at “an officer position” at the compound, Reuters said. No serious injuries or damage to holy sites were reported and the police said one man had been arrested, it added.
The video, meanwhile, showed Israeli forces shoving back Palestinians and nailing some to the ground. The Ramallah-based al-Quds News said Israeli forces closed off the Mosque’s entrances during the confrontation and began attacking Muslim worshipers.
Israel escalated “security” measures at the compound in February when the site’s Palestinian administrators reopened a mosque sealed by Israel.
Tel Aviv had taken the measure against Bab al-Rahma Mosque in 2003, claiming it was being used by Palestinians for political activities.
Since October 2015, the occupied Palestinian territories have been the scene of heightened tensions between Palestinians and the Israeli military, in what analysts view as the Third Palestinian Intifada (Uprising).
The protests erupted against continued Israeli violations of Palestinians’ basic rights, including the regime’s attempts at manipulating the status quo at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which is Islam’s third holiest site.
Last August, the Tel Aviv regime completely closed the compound to Muslim worshipers.
The first Intifada took place between 1987 and 1993, and the second one in the 2000s. A total of 6,200 Palestinians died during the first two Palestinian uprisings.
The uprisings have been most importantly seeking to uphold the Palestinians’ paramount demand from the regime to end its 1967-present occupation of their territories.