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Palestinians Attacked by Occupation Forces During Second Assault on Al-Aqsa

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The Israeli occupation forces stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque and targeted worshipers inside the mosque for the second time on Wednesday.

The Anadolu Agency reported that the occupation police stormed the mosque after Tarawih prayers and attacked worshipers with batons and rubber bullets. The report said the police tried to drive away the worshipers and also threw stun grenades after they resisted.

The Israeli military also sounded sirens Wednesday in settlements bordering the Gaza Strip after reports of rockets being fired from the Strip, according to the officials.

After the prayers ended, a scuffle broke out between the Israeli police and those at the Qibla Mosque, who attempted to remove the interior. The occupation police intervened by firing rubber bullets and sound bombs at the Muslims who had taken refuge in the Qibla Mosque.

In addition, the occupation police intervened with batons against the demonstrators who stormed Al-Aqsa Square.

The army said two rockets were fired from Gaza late on Wednesday.

It added, however, that one failed to cross into Israel and the other fell in an open area near the fence with Gaza.

There were no reports of property damage or human injuries.

This development came at a time when the Israeli forces stormed the Al-Qibli prayer hall in Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem and forcibly evacuated the Palestinian worshipers.

The occupation police arrested about 350 worshipers from inside the flaming site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.

But eyewitnesses put the number at more than 500, who were arrested and taken for questioning, according to Reuters.

The incident, during the holy month of Ramadan and on the eve of the Jewish holiday of Passover, came amid fears of an outbreak of heightened tensions during a year of escalating violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where clashes erupted in the 2021 10-day war in Gaza.

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