Hundreds of Palestinian including a one-year-old have been wounded in the latest bout of violence as Israeli security forces opened fire in a fresh assault on worshipers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday.
“There are hundreds of people injured from the clashes” and about 153 of them were hospitalized,” the Palestinian Red Crescent said in a brief statement to journalists.
Israeli soldiers in riot gear fired rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear gas at the Palestinian protesters, who in turned responded by throwing objects at them.
Based on some media reports, a number of wounded Palestinians have been arrested by Israeli forces outside the Lions’ Gate as they attempted to flee the crackdown.
The attack is an escalation of weeks of violence against Palestinians in Jerusalem al-Quds that has reverberated across the region.
The al-Aqsa Mosque and Bab al-Amoud (Damascus) Gate in Jerusalem al-Quds’ Old City as well as the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood have witnessed a spike in Israeli atrocities in recent weeks.
At least 17 people, including one Palestinian paramedic, were injured during peaceful demonstrations across the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds on Sunday evening, the Palestinian Red Crescent reported.
Outside the Old City, at least 90 Palestinians were wounded a day earlier when Israeli police attacked protesters. Another 200 Palestinians sustained injuries on Friday when Israeli forces stormed al-Aqsa Mosque.
The latest raids against Palestinians come as Israel is set to hold an incendiary march on Monday to mark what the regime calls Jerusalem Day – the day East Jerusalem al-Quds was occupied in 1967 and later illegally annexed by the Israeli regime.
The march, which usually brings together thousands of extremist Israeli settlers chanting anti-Palestinian slogans, is expected to spur further violence in the occupied territories.