Occupied Jerusalem (In Palestine Today)- Well-armed Israeli occupation forces raided the Al-Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem and attacked worshipers, earlier on Wednesday, to make room for settler intrusion.
For the fourth day in a row, at around 7am, local s reported, dozens of Israeli forces raided the holy site.
They attacked, beat, and chased the worshipers in the courtyards of the mosque, including women and children, in an attempt to empty the mosque of its worshipers in order to secure the entry of the colonial settlers to the holy site to mark the fourth day of the so-called Passover holiday.
The forces intensively fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at the worshipers.
The Israeli forces also blockaded hundreds of Muslim and Palestinian worshipers inside prayer halls.
They also surrounded women in front of the Dome of the Rock, and forcibly removed Palestinians and journalists from the mosque’s courtyard to clear the way for the settlers.
Local s said three Palestinian worshipers were injured in the Israeli assault, including two were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets in the hand and chest.
During the raid and in the aftermath of the atack, around 1180 Israeli settlers stormed the holy site and performed provocative Talmudic rituals, under heavy protection from the armed forces, according to Al-Qastal. They entered the mosque through the Al-Mughrabi Gate which is under full-Israeli control.
This is the fifth raid and aggressive assault to be launched by the Israeli occupation forces since last Friday and for the fourth day in a row.
Earlier on Friday, the forces broke into the holy site and brutally attacked the worshipers who gathered to perform the Al-Fajr prayer, injuring around 153 and arresting 400.
On Sunday morning, 545 Israeli colonial settlers also broke into the Al-Aqsa mosque, protected by well-armed forces who emptied the site after attacking and arresting worshipers, injuring at least 19 and arresting 9, while on Monday, 561 Israeli settlers broke into the mosque.
On Tuesday, however, 622 Israeli settlers stormed the holy site.
There had been calls by extremist Jewish groups to storm the compound this week in large numbers starting Sunday to mark the Passover and to perform a Passover sacrifice, in violation of the status quo agreements on religious practice at the site.
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