Israel continues attacks on Jerusalem, West Bank

Published on 04 August 2014
Written by Edmund Russell for the AIC
Israeli forces storm the al-Aqsa mosque compound/Photo: PressTV, archive phot

15 Palestinians were injured this morning in Israeli raids on Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound. Palestinians were further arrested early this morning from their homes in Jerusalem and throughout the West Bank. The Israeli occupation continues during the Gaza attacks.

15 Palestinians were injured this morning in Israeli raids on the al-Aqsa mosque compound. A spokesman for the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, the caretaker organisation of the compound, said that a large number of Israeli police forces stormed the area, entering through the Maghrebi Gate, and fired a barrage of rubber-coated steel bullets, sound bombs and incendiaries, which resulted in the injuries. Israeli forces are reported to have prevented ambulances from reaching the injured. As the al-Aqsa mosque was opening to visitors early this morning, young men blockaded its two entrances and threw rocks and fireworks at police officers, who pushed the protestors back into the mosque. Five security officers are said to have been lightly wounded in the clashes.

Worshippers were attacked by police around the mosque, and several Islamic Waqf employees were denied entry to the site, which led to further clashes. This follows an attack last week by Israeli settlers, who attacked Palestinians in the compound and protested against Waqf control of the area.

In the past month, more than 450 Palestinians from East Jerusalem have been detained in protests, and over 150 indictments have been filed. Twelve more young Palestinians were detained in early morning raids on Monday.

On Sunday night three young men were seriously injured by live ammunition in clashes with Israeli soldiers in the Hebron-area town of Seir, in the West Bank. According to reports from the Red Crescent, the men were hit in the lower limbs after Israeli forces fired live bullets on protesters. The three were transferred to hospitals in Hebron for emergency medical treatment.

Near Kiryat Arba, an Israeli settlement to the east of Hebron, Israeli military forces imposed a curfew this morning in neighbouring Palestinian areas to prevent disturbances during the funeral of a soldier from the settlement, who was killed in clashes with local resistance.

Israeli forces raided additional towns in the West Bank and detained Palestinians alleged to have been involved in violent clashes. Early this morning, two residents of the town of Qabatiya, south of Jenin, were arrested and taken to an unknown location. In similar raids, two young men were taken from their homes in the Aida refugee camp in the north of Bethlehem.

Meanwhile, large demonstrations have been held throughout the world to strongly condemn Israel's relentless attacks on the Gaza Strip. Operation Protective Edge has now killed more than 1,800 Palestinians and despite a unilaterally declared ceasefire for several hours on Monday, Israeli forces have reportedly continued their strikes on the coastal area.

Casablanca in Morocco saw thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators take to the streets to voice their disgust with the ongoing attack on Gaza. Similarly, hundreds of people marched in Japan's capital, Tokyo, in solidarity with Palestinians. They held banners with the names of  many of those killed in Gaza. In Washington DC, thousands marched on the Capitol to protest the American government's continuing support of Israel, which has been accused of war crimes and human rights violations by the United Nations. In Australia, people chanted anti-Zionist and anti-American slogans including "Israel, USA, how many kids have you killed today?" In Amsterdam, Holland, protestors marched with small coffins to symbolise the massacred Gazans and held a mass 'die-in' during which demonstrators lay down on the ground, playing dead. Similar protests were seen in Lahore, Pakistan and the Yemeni and Jordanian capitals of Sana'a and Amman.


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