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Kids targeted as Israeli troops attack important Mi'raj celebration

This file photo shows Israeli troops deployed in al-Quds streets to confront Palestinians.

Israeli security forces have attacked Palestinians who gathered at the Old City of al-Quds to celebrate a Muslim holiday, injuring dozens of people including two children.

A six-month-old baby and a child with special healthcare needs were injured overnight, the latter after being struck in the face with a stun canister fired by Israeli troops.

The attack came as Palestinians gathered at Bab al-Amoud, also known as Damascus Gate, to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Isra and Mi'raj which marks the night Allah took Prophet Muhammad (Peace upon Him) on a journey from Mecca to al-Quds and then to heaven.

Thousands of Palestinians observed the important occasion with worship at al-Aqsa Mosque. It is almost one month before the start of the holy fast month of Ramadan.

Israeli forces intensified their presence and deployed heavily in Bab al-Amoud and the surrounding streets in preparation for an attack.

According to the Palestine Red Crescent Society, the number of injured in the clashes in the flashpoint neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah and Bab al-Amoud has reached 36 people.

In the occupied West Bank, Israeli troops raided Jenin refugee camp and shot dead a young Palestinian man. Local media identified him as Abdullah al-Hasri, a former prisoner held by Israel.

Abdullah al-Hasri was a former prisoner held by Israel.

Earlier Monday, Islamic Jihad head Ziyad al-Nakhalah called on Palestinian fighters to defend al-Quds and al-Aqsa Mosque against rising attacks by extremist Jewish settlers.

Speaking at a ceremony entitled “Resistance is the path to liberation” in Gaza City, Nakhalah said Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes and killing of innocent people require resistance fighters not to hesitate for a moment in fighting the Israeli enemy.

"It is a duty to engage Israeli military forces anywhere in the occupied West Bank, and disempower them," he said.

Nakhalah reiterated his group's firm stance that the only pather before the Palestinian nation is resistance.

Meanwhile, more than 220 scholars and academics from 14 Latin American countries denounced Israeli oppression and domination of Palestinians, stating that Tel Aviv must be branded as an apartheid regime.

The scholars pledged in a joint statement that they would not participate in any academic exchanges with Israeli institutions, and would decline funding from Israel.

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