TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Israeli forces injured scores of Palestinians, including medics, journalists, and a 10-year-old girl Tuesday night, as ongoing demonstrations against new Israeli security measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem (al-Quds) were brutally suppressed again.
The violent clashes came hours after the Israeli regime removed metal detectors that were installed at the mosque’s gates last week only to replace them with more advanced surveillance technology at the holy site and throughout the Old City, Ma'an news agency reported.
Palestinians have maintained their objection to all new security measures, and are demanding that the situation return to how it was before July 14, when a deadly shootout at the compound provided an excuse for Israel to further impose its control over the holy site.
Recently, Israeli forces attacked Palestinians who were performing prayer inside and outside the walls of the Old City as part of the ongoing civil disobedience movement, that has so far left four Palestinian demonstrators killed and more than 1,000 injured.
The Palestinian Red Crescent released a statement earlier Monday detailing the casualties of the past 10 days, ever since Palestinians in East Jerusalem launched a civil disobedience campaign in the city in protest of increased Israeli security measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
According to the group, approximately 1,090 Palestinians had been injured since Israeli authorities installed metal detectors, turnstiles, and additional security cameras in the compound following a deadly shooting attack at Al-Aqsa on July 14.
The Tel Aviv regime has tried to change the demographic makeup of Jerusalem (al-Quds) over the past decades by constructing settlements, destroying historical sites and expelling the local Palestinian population.
Palestinians say the Israeli measures are aimed at paving the way for the Judaization of the city.
The al-Aqsa Mosque compound is a flashpoint Islamic site, which is also holy to Jews. The mosque is Islam’s third holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.