On Friday April 14th 2022 the world yet again witnessed an attack on the Al Aqsa mosque and its worshippers by the Israeli forces as they stormed through Islam’s third holiest site. They claimed this was in attempt to break up a violent crowd of Palestinians throwing rocks on the Western Wall but eyewitnesses vehemently deny this claim. Escalating violence, Israeli police injured 158 people and arrested around 400 according to Palestinian Media. Only 3 Israeli forces were wounded.
A Palestinian cameraman also stated how the Israeli forces were attacking everyone, from young children to the elderly, and were even seen beating the paramedics while hindering the arrival of ambulances within the vicinity of the Al Aqsa mosque. Surfaced images of the injured worshippers on social media included an 80-year-old man and several young people mostly wounded on their faces and heads, hinting at how Israeli soldiers were targeting the upper part of the worshippers’ bodies. Several of those injured are reported to have sustained skull fractures.
The Muslim world has responded with profound rage, warning Israel of escalating war. Jordan and Egypt both condemned the attacks with Iraq standing in solidarity with Palestine. Algeria too called out to UN Secretary Council asking them to assume responsibility and put an end to the violence. Iran lashed out at Israel and urged the Muslim nations to stand united behind the Palestinian cause. The Russian foreign minister has also accused Tel Aviv of turning Gaza into an open-air prison.
Israeli spokesperson for Israel’s PM Naftali Bennet stated how Israel won’t allow rioters to hinder prayers or disrupt public order. The Palestinian Presidency cites the raid as a dangerous development of a declaration of war.
This year’s Ramadan coincides with the Jewish Passover holiday and Jerusalem will witness many visitors. There is caution in the air as this year’s clashes are a bitter reminder of what unfolded last Ramadhan; an 11 day assault on Palestine killing over 250 Palestinians.
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