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Israel injures hundreds of worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque

After removing the metal detectors, Israeli forces used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowds outside Al-Aqsa Mosque

Update 18:49:

More than 113 Palestinians have been injured as a result of Israel’s use of rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters to disperse crowds in and around Al-Aqsa Mosque today, according to Al Jazeera.

Three Palestinians have also been arrested.

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Some 56 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli occupying forces as they re-enter Al-Aqsa Mosque for the first time in two weeks, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

Following the removal of security measures implemented by Israeli forces yesterday, the mosque authority and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for worshippers, who had been staging a sit in outside the mosque, to enter the compound today.

Read: Palestinians to return to Al-Aqsa, Muslim leaders say

However, they were met with a heavily armed Israeli presence in the mosque’s courtyard. Occupation forces used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the large crowds who were attempting to pray.

Israel has since closed the gates to Al-Aqsa only allowing worshippers out of its grounds while banning others from entry.

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Tensions are still high amid reports of protests planned in Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories tomorrow, in defiance of the Israeli occupation and its continued aggression against Al-Aqsa.

Clashes over access to Al-Aqsa have already killed seven Palestinians and injured over 1,000 in the past two weeks.

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