BREAKING: At least 215 wounded as Israeli forces raid Al Aqsa Mosque compound
215 wounded, 4 critical as Israeli forces raid Al Aqsa Mosque compound
The Al Aqsa Mosque was stormed by Israeli forces Monday morning, with rubber-coated bullets, tear gas, and sound bombs being fired at worshippers – hundreds have been injured.
‘They were firing rubber bullets randomly at everyone’ says Nour Mtour, a Palestinian woman who spent the night inside the Mosque compound.
“Snipers went on the roof of the gate at the mosque compound and began to shoot rubber bullets at everyone – women, men, everyone,” Mtour told Al Jazeera’s Dareen Jubeh. “At the same time a huge number of police forces invaded from different directions.”
“I saw the Israeli police attacking the paramedics with batons who were doing their job. They were firing rubber bullets randomly at everyone. The police wanted to empty Al-Aqsa.”
Imran Khan condemns attack
Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan has condemned the Israeli storming and attack of Palestinians at the Al Aqsa Mosque.
“Strongly condemn Israeli Forces’ attack esp during Ramazan on Palestinians in Qibla-e-Awaal, Al-Aqsa Mosque, violating all norms of humanity & int [international] law,” he wrote in a Twitter post.
“We reiterate support for Palestinian ppl,” he added. He called on the international to take immediate action “to protect Palestinians & their legitimate rights”.
215 injured, four in critical condition
The Palestinian Red Crescent said the number of people wounded has risen to 215, with 153 hospitalised and at least four in critical condition.
Abdullah Idris, a Palestinian stuck inside the Al Aqsa Mosque, told Al Jazeera the compound is a “battlefield”.
“The worshippers are suffering from tear gas inhalation,” he said, coughing. “There is no respite except to get close to the mosque’s windows to breathe some fresh air. Medical teams are still prevented from accessing the wounded.”
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