Israeli Forces Wound Palestinian Teen in J’lem; Worshippers Barricade Themselves in Al-Aqsa

12:00 Apr 4 2023 al-Aqsa Compound ( ٱلْمَسْجِد ٱلْأَقْصَىٰ) * Temple Mount ( הַר הַבַּיִת)

Muslims break their fast by eating the Iftar meal, during the holy month of Ramadan next to the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday. Credit: AMMAR AWAD/ REUTERS Published by Haaretz

by Nir Hasson for Haaretz
Apr 4, 2023 11:47 pm IDT

A 15-year-old Palestinian teen was shot by Israeli border police on Tuesday night in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, and is reported to be in stable condition.

Police said that the teen had initially thrown rocks at a security vehicle belonging to Israeli settlers. Only afterward, according to the police, did they fire at the Palestinian teen.

Concurrently, dozens of Muslim worshippers have barricaded themselves in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and there is a heavy police presence at the Temple Mount/Al-Aqsa area. Hamas had earlier called for Muslims to seal themselves in Al-Aqsa Mosque to prevent Jewish worshippers from sacrificing a goat for Passover, which begins on Wednesday.

The calls by messianic Jewish activists undermine the longstanding and fragile religious status-quo at the Al-Aqsa Compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, which permits Jewish presence but not worship.

This is a developing story.

Israeli Soldiers Invaded Al-Qibli Mosque In Al-Aqsa

On Sunday evening, Israeli soldiers invaded the Al-Qibli Mosque in the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in occupied Jerusalem to facilitate invasions by groups of illegal colonizers into the holy site.

Media sources said the soldiers assaulted and forced dozens of worshipers out of the mosque and threatened to abduct and even shoot those who refuse to leave.

The sources stated that the invasions came after groups of extreme right-wing colonizers called for constant invasions of Al-Aqsa during the Jewish Pesach and for forcing the Muslim worshipers out.

In related news, the Israeli army and the security establishment of the illegal occupation declared a comprehensive closure on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, including all military roadblocks and border terminals during the upcoming Jewish holiday.

It is worth mentioning that far-right colonialist organizations announced a 25.000 Shekels prize to any settler who manages to enter Al-Aqsa and successfully performs a Paschal lamb sacrifice in the courtyards of the holy site and a 2500 Shekel to each member who is arrested by the Israeli police while carrying the animal sacrifice in Al-Aqsa.
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