(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Israeli troops and police raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex early Tuesday and forcefully dispersed Palestinian worshipers and protesters ahead of a Knesset debate on a plan to annex the mosque.
Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades at Muslim worshipers while protesters hurled stone
Several worshipers were hurt as a result of the pepper spray and others were hit directly by rubber-coated bullets, reported the Palestinian news agency Maa
Israeli intelligence agents stormed the Al-Aqsa complex through the Moroccan Gate and the Chain Gate and blockaded the prayer hall, closing its gates with chain
Meanwhile, Jerusalemite students who study inside the complex were denied entry to Al-Aqsa, and three youths trying to access the complex though the Chain Gate were arreste
Around 50 Palestinians had spent the night inside the complex in protest at an Israeli Knesset debate, scheduled for Tuesday, over a plan to place the holy site under full Israeli jurisdictio
Their protest was also in reaction to reports that Israeli rightist organizations had announced plans to raise Israeli flags inside the Al-Aqsa comple