IOA installs electronic gates at Aqsa Mosque

Electronic gates al-Aqsa Mosque

On Sunday morning, the Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) installed electronic gates at the entrances of al-Aqsa Mosque in Occupied Jerusalem after the Israeli occupation municipality put its hands on the courtyards of the Mosque by force, trying to hide the destruction and damage caused by the Israeli soldiers.

Meanwhile, senior Israeli military and intelligence officers roamed the plazas of the holy Islamic site.

Media sources said the IOA began installing electronic gates at the entrances of al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday morning, in order to tighten search and inspection procedures of all Palestinians wishing to enter the Mosque.

The sources reported that the municipality sent seven street cleaning vehicles and a big number of Jewish workers to clean the courtyards, which is happening for the first time.

The sources added that the Jewish cleaners are working to remove ruins and damage resulting from Israeli soldiers’ inspections, as well as to remove garbage, and the remains of food of soldiers in front of the Qibli Mosque in the holy compound. In the same context, sources said the IOA took over the keys of the Asbat Gate to facilitate entry of its cars into the courtyards of al-Aqsa.

The sources highlighted that the keys of the internal and external gates of al-Aqsa were seized by the IOA, which refuses to return them to the Jordanian Awqaf (endowments).

The sources also reported that senior Israeli officers are still roaming al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards, as dozens of officers of the so-called border police are still deployed in those courtyards.

On Sunday morning, the Israeli occupation forces prevented al-Aqsa employees from entering the Mosque and carrying out their work amidst a tight military siege imposed on al-Aqsa and the Old City for the third day in a row.

The PIC reporter said that the Israeli intelligence contacted a number of the Mosque’s guards last night, asking them not to reach or enter it.

The Israeli occupation forces arrested last night Gadu Ghoul, an employee at the fire department at al-Aqsa, at the Mazmouria military checkpoint in occupied Jerusalem.

The PIC reporter said dozens of Jerusalemites performed the dawn prayer at the nearest point to al-Aqsa Mosque and they hope they would be allowed to enter al-Aqsa Mosque to offer the noon prayer, after they were prevented from entering the Mosque since Friday morning as part of a punitive action following the shooting attack near al-Aqsa.

The IOA announced last night its intention to open the gates of al-Aqsa Mosque for Muslims, and allow Israeli settlers to storm the compound gradually starting from Sunday noon. The IOA decision includes the installation of electronic gates in addition to installing surveillance cameras at the courtyards of al-Aqsa Mosque.

The families and tribes of Occupied Jerusalem organized on Saturday night a protest from their neighborhoods, villages and towns towards al-Aqsa Mosque to perform the evening prayer at the blessed Mosque, and to call for lifting the siege on it.

The occupation forces intercepted them at the streets and roads leading to the Mosque, while dozens of them managed to access the Asbat Gate area, where violent clashes and confrontations erupted, as protesters chanted for Al-Aqsa.

At the same time, violent clashes erupted at the neighborhood of Bab Hitta, which is adjacent to al-Aqsa Mosque, at the Maghrib prayer, when the occupation forces blocked the prayer of Palestinian citizens in front of the Hitta Gate.

Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation forces closed the southern bus station this morning at Al-Masarara neighborhood in the holy city, which is opposite to the Jerusalem wall from Al-Amud Gate side.

The PIC reporter pointed out that tension is still running high in central Occupied Jerusalem, especially in the Old City and the surrounding areas, amid widespread deployment of occupation forces and vehicles.

(Source / 16.07.2017)

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