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Dozens of Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli forces at Al-Aqsa Mosque gate

Tuesday July 18, 2017 11:57 PM, & Agencies

Al Aqsa Clashes

The number of Palestinians injured in clashes with the Israeli forces at Al-Aqsa Mosque's Al-Asbat Gate has increased to 50 people, the Palestinian Red Crescent said Monday.

In a statement, the Crescent added 15 of those injured Palestinians were transferred to Al-Maqased Hospital, while 35 of them were treated on the ground, noting that the injuries varied and nine of them suffered from suffocation due to Israeli stun grenades.

Palestinian eyewitnesses said Israeli forces also raided Al-Maqased Hospital, looking for Palestinian injured during the clashes.

Earlier, six Palestinian worshippers were injured in clashes with the Israeli forces at Al-Aqsa Mosque's Al-Asbat Gate, among them the Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI) Mustafa Al-Barghouthi.

The Palestinian Red Crescent added in a statement that three of the wounded received treatment immediately at the site, as three others were hurried to hospital.

Muslim worshipers were refusing to enter Al Aqsa Mosque due to new security measures announced by Israeli forces including metal detectors and cameras.

Crowds chanted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) as a number of initial visitors entered occupied Jerusalem’s Haram Al-Sharif compound on Sunday when the Holy mosque was re-opened after it was closed on Friday.

A call to prayer rang out from Al-Aqsa, but Muslim worshipers held midday prayers outside the site in protest at the new security measures.

“We reject the changes imposed by the Israeli government,” Sheikh Omar Kiswani, Al-Aqsa director, told reporters outside.

“We will not enter through these metal detectors", he added.

Israel took the highly unusual decision of closing the Al-Aqsa mosque compound for Friday prayers, triggering anger from Muslims and Jordan, the holy site’s custodian.

Israeli authorities said the closure was necessary to carry out security checks.

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