Israel kills 26 Palestinians, storms into Al-Aqsa mosque for third time

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The Al-Aqsa mosque was once again stormed into by Israeli armed forces for a third time in three days, leaving many Palestinians, including children, dead. The violence in the mosque also led to airstrikes or deadly bombing in the Gaza strip by Israel, leaving at least 26 people dead. Amidst the chaos, Israeli nationalists also marched towards the wasters wall of the old city to celebrate “Jerusalem day” (the day marking Israel’s victory in the 1967 war) which is held on May 10.

According to various media reports, over 300 Palestinian Muslims were injured, including seven children, were critically injured after Israeli forces stormed the Al Aqsa mosque for the third consecutive day. The issue at heart here is the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in Palestine, where around 40 Palestinians, including 10 children are threatened with eviction as Jewish settlers seek to take over their homes.

The Palestinian humanitarian organisation, Red Crescent reported that at least 305 people were injured in the raid that coincided with the annual Jewish nationalist match marking the day East Jerusalem was occupied and subsequently annexed by Israel in 1967. According to the Israeli army radio, 21 Israeli forces were wounded.

Reports quoting Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, the Imam of Al Aqsa mosque, said that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the raid on the holy mosques compound “to satisfy the settlers, so that he would remain the prime minister.”

Videos of Israeli settlers celebrating the fire have been doing rounds on the Internet which has earned a lot of criticism from netizens.

The celebrations are seen as highly provocative, particularly as tensions have been high in recent days as a number of Palestinian families of the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem face eviction.

The Palestinian health ministry reported that at least over 20 Palestinians, including children have been killed by a series of deadly airstrikes launched by Israel on the civilian population of Gaza.

According to the Middle East Eye, eyewitnesses said the strikes hit crowded neighbourhoods, killing numerous civilians. Nine of the victims of this deadly attack on the civilian population were children.

The father of one of the children told Middle East Eye: “My children were martyred. I cannot find any justification whatsoever for targeting someone passing through overcrowded civilian neighbourhoods where dozens of children usually play.”

US congresswoman Ilhan Omer slammed Israel and called the bombing of Gaza as “act of terrorism,” she tweeted: “Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism. Palestinians deserve protection. Unlike Israel, missile defense programs, such as Iron Dome, don’t exist to protect Palestinian civilians. It’s unconscionable to not condemn these attacks on the week of Eid.”


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