Dozens Injured At Jerusalem Mosque on Thursday — As Palestinians Mob Into Al-Aqsa Mosque, Israeli Security Fire Tear Gas and “Flash-Bang” Grenades

27 people were injured
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BY JEREMY SHARON, JPOST.COM STAFF
 JULY 27, 2017 17:13

Earlier on Thursday, the Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Hussein announced that Muslims could return to pray at the holy place for the first time since two Israeli policeman were murdered there

The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background as a man waves a Palestinian flag upon entering the T

The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background as a man waves a Palestinian flag upon entering the Temple Mount, after Israel removed all security measures it had installed at the compound, in Jerusalem’s Old City July 27, 2017.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

The Red Crescent reported that 27 people were injured on Thursday as thousands of Palestinians returned to the Temple Mount after nearly two weeks’ absence from the holy site.

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According to the reports, injuries sustained have been caused by tear gas, rubber bullets, and stun grenades.

Thousands of Palestinian worshipers crowded onto the Temple Mount to pray at the al-Aksa mosque to celebrate the removal of all security measures installed at the site since two Israeli policeman were murdered there by three Arab-Israeli men two weeks ago. 

There was however a dispute among the worshipers whether or not to enter since one of the gates to the compound, which was used to smuggle in the weapons to murder the policeman, remained closed.

It appears that this entrance too was opened and many thousands of worshipers entered the site for the afternoon prayers.

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Hamas forces staged a parade in support of all who prayed at the mosque. AP photo

Earlier on Thursday, the Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Hussein announced that Muslims could return to pray at the holy place for the first time since they refused to enter after the Israeli authorities placed metal detectors and security cameras at the entrances to the Temple Mount to secure police personnel and non-Muslim visitors at the site.

The official Palestinian news agency Wafa quoted President Mahmoud Abbas as saying that afternoon prayers would be held at the mosque after it was confirmed matters had returned to what they were prior to July 14.

Wafa reported that Abbas “praised the steadfastness of Jerusalem Muslims and Christians in the face of the Israeli measures against al-Aksa and said their stand was such that the right would prevail and the wrong would pass away.”

PLO executive committee member Wasel Abu Yusuf told The Jerusalem Post that the lifting of the Israeli measures is “a great achievement for the defenders of al-Aksa and for the Palestinian people against all the efforts to solidify the occupation against blessed al-Aksa mosque.”

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Palestinian Muslim worshippers gather to pray outside Jerusalem’s Old City on July 25, 2017 as Muslim officials said worshippers should continue to boycott the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, even after Israel removed newly installed security measures that had triggered deadly violence. Israel removed metal detectors from a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site after their installation triggered deadly violence, but Muslim officials said worshippers should continue a boycott for now. Israel installed metal detectors at entrances to the compound after an attack nearby that killed two policemen on July 14.(Photo: AHMAD GHARABLI, AFP/Getty Images)

“All the sons of the Palestinian people are called to come to blessed al-Aksa mosque for prayers,” he added.

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Israeli soldiers fired tear gas at Palestinians after Friday Prayer on July 21, 2017 outside Jerusalem’s Old City. Credit Ammar Awad – Reuters
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One Response to “Dozens Injured At Jerusalem Mosque on Thursday — As Palestinians Mob Into Al-Aqsa Mosque, Israeli Security Fire Tear Gas and “Flash-Bang” Grenades”

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