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State of Palestine: Hamas rally in solidarity with Al Aqsa Mosque worshippers01:44

State of Palestine: Hamas rally in solidarity with Al Aqsa Mosque worshippers

Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Khan Yunis
September 13, 2015 at 19:32 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hamas and its supporters held a march in Khan Yunis in the south of the Gaza Strip in solidarity with Palestinians in Jerusalem and in opposition to attacks on the Al Aqsa Mosque. Protesters marched through the city streets before holding a rally with speeches where they also denounced the visit of the Israeli agricultural minister to the mosque.

Israeli Defence Forces carried out a raid on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, reportedly firing rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas, earlier Sunday.

Israeli police say the raid was part of a security operation, which was carried out after Shin Bet allegedly received information regarding a security threat. During the raid, Israeli soldiers surrounded the Al-Aqsa compound, detaining two volunteer guards before entering the Chain Gate. Dozens of people were removed, while men below the age of 50 were banned from entering. Israeli police released a statement claiming that masked protesters inside the mosque threw stones and fireworks at soldiers. IDF soldiers were reportedly firing tear gas and stun grenades outside the mosque complex afterwards, with opponents responding with stones.

The clashes erupted ahead of the Jewish New Year, which begins Sunday evening and lasts until Tuesday evening. The Al-Aqsa mosque is considered to be the third holiest place of worship for many Muslims.

State of Palestine: Hamas rally in solidarity with Al Aqsa Mosque worshippers01:44
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Hamas and its supporters held a march in Khan Yunis in the south of the Gaza Strip in solidarity with Palestinians in Jerusalem and in opposition to attacks on the Al Aqsa Mosque. Protesters marched through the city streets before holding a rally with speeches where they also denounced the visit of the Israeli agricultural minister to the mosque.

Israeli Defence Forces carried out a raid on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, reportedly firing rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas, earlier Sunday.

Israeli police say the raid was part of a security operation, which was carried out after Shin Bet allegedly received information regarding a security threat. During the raid, Israeli soldiers surrounded the Al-Aqsa compound, detaining two volunteer guards before entering the Chain Gate. Dozens of people were removed, while men below the age of 50 were banned from entering. Israeli police released a statement claiming that masked protesters inside the mosque threw stones and fireworks at soldiers. IDF soldiers were reportedly firing tear gas and stun grenades outside the mosque complex afterwards, with opponents responding with stones.

The clashes erupted ahead of the Jewish New Year, which begins Sunday evening and lasts until Tuesday evening. The Al-Aqsa mosque is considered to be the third holiest place of worship for many Muslims.

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