Earlier today, Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem. The police reported that several Palestinians had barricaded themselves in the mosque to prevent Jews from visiting the site. Apparently there was a high risk that Palestinians would start a riot, since today is Rosh Hashanah, which is the Jewish start of a new year. But it ended up being the Israeli police starting a riot by breaching into the mosque. The police used tear gas and stun grenades and the Palestinians responded by throwing rocks and fireworks.
It isn’t the first time that uproar was caused at the Al Aqsa compound as it is seen as a holy site that both Muslims and Jews can visit.
Micky Rosenfeld, an Israel police spokesman said that no one was injured or arrested during the riots, but Palestinian witnesses reported that there were many injuries and that the police caused a lot of damage in the mosque and also burned several prayer mats.
The Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas called this “an attack by the occupier’s military and police against the Al-Aqsa mosque and the aggression against the faithful who were there”.
The public security minister added to this that there was no risk at all for Jews to visit the site for the Jewish new year. He also reported that it was impossible for Palestinians to make the Al-Aqsa compound their own stronghold.