Yesterday, the Israeli occupation forces suppressed worshipers inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem for the eleventh consecutive night, and for its part, the Palestinian resistance in Gaza fired a missile in response to the occupation attacks on the blessed mosque, and Tel Aviv responded to the resistance's missiles in Gaza with air strikes targeting military sites inside Sector.
The occupation forces used sound, cavalry and beating bombs to suppress the Jerusalemite demonstrators, who insisted on staying in the squares of Bab al-Amud, al-Misrara and Bab al-Sahira. Dozens of young men were injured, and dozens of others were arrested by the occupation soldiers.
According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, dozens were injured during the occupation forces' suppression of Palestinian marches in the Bab al-Amud area.
Al-Jazeera correspondent in occupied Jerusalem, Guevara Al-Badiri, stated that the occupation forces suppressed the eleventh consecutive night the worshipers leaving from inside Al-Aqsa Mosque, and prevented them from staying in the squares and wandering in the neighboring alleys.
Bab Al Sahira pic.twitter.com/UZa8wpRaM5
- Ali Shtayeh (@ ali_shtayeh1) April 23, 2021
Reuters reported that the clashes between the Palestinians and the occupation forces - the most intense in years in the occupied holy city - extended from Friday at night to the early hours of Saturday morning, when Palestinian youths gathered again outside the Old City and clashed with hundreds of Israeli police.
Before the crackdown on the part of the occupation, the worshipers organized a demonstration inside the campus squares, in which they chanted slogans calling on the Palestinians to unite to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem and the holy sites, and the demonstrators appealed to the international community to protect Jerusalemites as a result of the Israeli violations.
The Al-Jazeera correspondent in Jerusalem said that no Palestinian from the West Bank entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday, Friday, because the occupation prevented them, and it was a condition for them to obtain a prayer permit on the Temple Mount.
Tension increased in the Holy City after Thursday’s protests by Palestinian youths angered by the Israeli restrictions imposed on gathering during the month of Ramadan. The clashes began after a demonstration by ultra-Orthodox Jews, during which they chanted “Death to the Arabs” in front of the Amoud Gate, one of the entrances to East Jerusalem, for the Palestinians to respond to that with a protest A protest in East Jerusalem during the confrontations with the police.
For his part, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said, through his Twitter account, that Jordan condemns the racist attacks on the Old City of occupied Jerusalem and warns of their consequences, and called for effective international action to protect Jerusalemites from the attacks and the hatred and racism they represent.
He said that the occupation authorities have a responsibility to stop the attacks in accordance with international law.
The Jordanian minister concluded his tweet by saying that Jerusalem is a red line, and harming it played with fire.
On the other hand, the United States called for restraint, and its embassy in occupied Jerusalem advised its citizens to exercise caution and caution after the expansion of violence in the city, and Foreign Ministry spokesman Ned Price expressed his country's deep concern about the escalation of violence in Jerusalem, and said in a tweet that "the speech of extremist demonstrators must be rejected. They chant slogans of hatred and violence. "
Escalation in the sector
In a related context, Israeli warplanes launched a series of raids at dawn today targeting a site of the Palestinian resistance and agricultural lands in separate areas of the Gaza Strip, and inflicted material damage in the targeted places without causing any casualties.
This comes after the Israeli army announced that it had detected 36 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip on Friday evening and Saturday dawn, 6 of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome, while the rest exploded on the Palestinian side of the security fence.
The occupation army said that it responded to that by launching raids targeting infrastructure and rocket launchers of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian factions claimed responsibility for shelling sites and settlements adjacent to the Gaza Strip with rocket-propelled grenades.
The Joint Chamber of the Palestinian Resistance had warned against harming Jerusalem, and said that the city and its people are a red line and that harming them will have major repercussions that the occupation will pay dearly for.
Cheers from rooftops in the Gaza Strip in support of the people of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. # Jerusalem_Rising pic.twitter.com/KIUUQ8NjLu
- Ali Shtayeh (@ ali_shtayeh1) April 23, 2021
Hamas warned the occupation against continuing the escalation against the Gaza Strip and the violations it is carrying out in the occupied city of Jerusalem, and Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum held the occupation responsible for and the repercussions of what it described as the racist provocative actions carried out by its soldiers and settlers in Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Al-Jazeera correspondent in Gaza, Wael al-Dahdouh, said that there is almost complete calm in the Strip, especially in the line of the separation fence in the Gaza Strip, with Israeli reconnaissance planes still flying, but there are no flights of war fighters.
He added that the Israeli air strikes hit military sites of the Palestinian resistance, and these raids did not deviate from the rules of engagement that prevailed between the occupation and the resistance factions in the past few years.
The reporter concluded that the rocket barrages of the Palestinian resistance are the most widespread in recent months in the Gaza Strip, and they come in light of what is happening in the squares of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in terms of a public donation in the Noble Sanctuary to counter the attacks issued by settlers and the occupation forces.