Israel injures 29 Palestinians in new clashes at al-Aqsa

wilayattimes (Palestine)

Gaza:Israeli forces have engaged in fresh clashes with Palestinians as the regime’s troops and settlers stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds (Jerusalem) for the second day, leaving at least 29 worshipers injured.

Scores of Israeli settlers, accompanied by Israeli forces, stormed the holy site on Monday.

The Israeli soldiers attacked the worshipers — who protested the desecration of the mosque — firing teargas and rubber-coated steel bullets.

Similar scuffles erupted on Sunday after Israeli settlers and forces stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Several Palestinians were injured and at least four were arrested.

The occupied Palestinian territories have been the scene of heightened tensions since August 2015, when Israel imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

The al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site for Muslims after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.

Palestinians are angry at increasing violence by Israeli settlers at the mosque and their attacks on Palestinian property, saying the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of the sacred site.

Nearly 220 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since the beginning of last October.