Israeli police on Monday stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, firing rubber-coated bullets, tear gas, and sound bombs at Palestinian worshippers, wounding hundreds.
The latest violence came as extremist Jews decided to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque to celebrate the "Jerusalem Day," when East Jerusalem was occupied in 1967 according to the Hebrew calendar and later annexed by Israel – in a move not recognised by the majority of the international community.
Thousands of Palestinians staged protests in the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex, located in the Old City of Jerusalem, after performing the dawn prayers there. The Palestinians then stayed there to guard the mosque from the raids of extremist Jews.
Red Crescent: 215 injured, four in critical condition
The Palestinian Red Crescent said the number of people wounded has risen to 215, with 153 hospitalised and at least four in critical condition.
Meanwhile, the humanitarian organisation said some of its employees were prevented from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Six Palestinian journalists injured
Six journalists suffered tear gas inhalation during their coverage of the Israeli raid on the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, local Palestinian sources said. Also, some physically assaulted by Israeli forces.
About Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem
Israel occupied East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. It annexed the entire city in 1980, in a move never recognised by the international community.
Al-Aqsa Mosque is the world's third-holiest site for Muslims. Jews call the area the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.
Tel Aviv and Israeli forces oppress Palestinians and the Muslim community, promoting Jewish hegemony over the occupied city.