Israeli Forces Carry Out Violent Raid at Al-Aqsa Mosque

KABUL (BNA) Israeli forces have stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, as they fired stun grenades and tear gas at Palestinian worshippers in a violent raid at Islam’s third holiest site during the holy month of Ramadan.

The official Palestinian news agency Wafa said dozens of worshippers who were spending the night praying were injured in the police raid at dawn on Wednesday, drawing condemnation from the Palestinians and Arab nations.

At least 400 Palestinians were arrested on Wednesday who remain in Israeli custody, according to Palestinian officials.

The Israeli raid comes as Muslims mark the holy month of Ramadan and Jews prepare to begin the Passover festival on Wednesday evening, raising fears of a wider conflagration. A similar raid two years ago had triggered a wider conflict, with Israelis launching an 11-day assault on Gaza Strip.


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