MORE than 100,000 Palestinian worshippers celebrated Eid al-Adha at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound today, days after attacks from Israeli occupying forces.
They made their way there in the early hours, offering the Eid prayer close to the Bab al-Asbat gate.
The mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, considered the third holiest site in Islam, is frequently targeted by Israeli security forces.
On Sunday, the compound was stormed by police. They fired rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades at worshippers, who were forcibly removed to make way for Israeli settlers.
The Palestinian Authority accused Israel of undermining stability and security, and resistance groups including Hamas urged Palestinians to make their way to the Aqsa compound to defend the holy site and to remain there until Eid al-Adha.
Jordan’s Islamic Waqf, the trust that administers the holy sites in the compound, condemned the attacks and accused the Israeli government of “aiming for a religious war.”
Islamic Jihad spokesman Tariq Salmi condemned Israel’s “hostile policies,” saying its colonial project can only be stopped by force.