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Muslim rioters clash with Israeli police in Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque

Israeli police say they responded with force only after the barricaded radicals refused to vacate the building peacefully

Police clash with Muslim rioters inside the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, April 5, 2023. (Photo: Screenshot/Twitter)

Violent Muslims barricaded themselves in Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday night, fired fireworks and threw stones at Israeli police forces when they attempted to enter the building.

Police officers responded by firing stun grenades and reportedly detained around 350 rioters. Dozens were reportedly wounded in the clashes, including at least one Israeli police officer.

Israel Police said it responded with force only after the barricaded radicals refused to vacate the building peacefully. 

Hazem Qassem, a spokesperson for the Hamas terrorist organization, accused Israel of waging a "religious war" against Al Aqsa Mosque.

"Our Palestinian people will not allow the occupation's plans to be implemented in al-Aqsa Mosque, and we call on our people to inflict upon the occupation the price of this crime," Qassem threatened

The Jordanian Foreign Ministry blamed the Jewish state for the riots in the Al Aqsa Mosque. 

"We condemn in the strongest terms the occupation police's storming of the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque and assaulting it and those present in it, and Israel bears responsibility for the dangerous consequences of this escalation," stated the foreign ministry in the Jordanian capital Amman. 

Egypt also criticized Israel for the violent event and stressed its role as a regional mediator. 

"Egypt holds Israel, the occupying power, responsible for this dangerous escalation, which would undermine the calming efforts that Egypt is engaging in with its regional and international partners," said the Egyptian Foreign Ministry. 

Tensions tend to be high around the Al Aqsa Mosque during the Muslim month of Ramadan. In March, Israeli forces also removed rioters who had barricaded themselves inside the mosque.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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