Israeli Police Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli Police Storm Al-Aqsa MosqueIsraeli Police Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli police entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Beit-ul-Moqaddas on Sunday after clashes erupted between Palestinian Muslim worshippers and Israeli Jewish hardliners at the mosque’s compound. Some 20 Palestinians were reportedly wounded in the clash.

In a statement, Israeli police said they stormed the mosque to root out what they said were Palestinian protesters suspected of stockpiling fireworks and petrol bombs in preparation for a riot, Al Jazeera reported.

But the Palestinian News Network said Jewish settlers assaulted a Palestinian child near one of the gates leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque on Saturday, prompting a group of Palestinians to intervene before the police dispersed them.

The agency said the Israeli police also broke the fire system in the mosque, making the water leak all through the building.

The Times of Israel reported tensions were high between the Muslim and Jewish communities after a video emerged over the weekend of a Jewish woman insulting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Israel routinely imposes age restrictions on Muslim worshippers. After Israeli police entered the mosque in November, Jordan, one of the few Arab states with diplomatic relations with Israel, recalled its ambassador.