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Israeli police prevent Azaan at Al-Aqsa Mosque, prayer inside compound

A scuffle occurred at one point, and police used violence to keep worshippers away

Wednesday March 13, 2019 7:57 PM, UNA-OIC

Al Aqsa Mosque Azaan

Jerusalem: Israeli police prevented call for prayer from Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, and attacked Palestinians who gathered outside Bab al-Asbat, one of main gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem, to perform the evening prayer.

Local police had closed all entrances to the Mosque and prevented worship inside the Muslim holy compound, WAFA reported.

People have been holding prayers since noon Tuesday outside the gates to the Mosque compound after police had attacked worshippers inside it and pushed them out before closing its gates, preventing freedom of worship inside it alleging that people had set afire a police station inside the compound.

Palestinians have contested the Israeli fire allegation, some stressing that the fire could have been started by the police themselves or their agents to use as a pretext for closing the Muslim compound as part of a plot to force the closing of Bab al-Rahma prayer area, which police has been trying to do for over three weeks.

Witnesses said a large police force deployed inside the Old City but mainly at the gates to Al-Aqsa Mosque pushed away Palestinians who came to perform the evening prayer in the open yard outside Bab al-Asbat.

A scuffle occurred at one point, and police used violence to keep worshippers away.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said it transported four injured from beating to a hospital on Tuesday. It also said police attacked its crews at Bab al-Asbat and prevented them being in the area.

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