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Israel. Police entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Reports of a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip

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Several rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory, journalists and witnesses reported to the AFP news agency. In response, Israeli planes shelled Palestinian territory. Earlier, Israeli police attacked dozens of worshipers at a mosque in Jerusalem. According to the Israeli police, her attack was in response to the riots, reports Reuters.

AFP journalists saw three rockets fired from afar, witnesses said they saw others. The Israeli army said it had activated sirens in several Israeli urban areas around the Gaza Strip.

In response, Israeli planes attacked the Gaza Strip. Hamas said two training camps were shelled.

Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque

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On the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, there was an attack by the Israeli police on those gathered at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. A police statement said they were forced into the compound after “masked agitators” locked themselves inside the mosque. “When the policemen entered, they were pelted with stones and a large group of agitators fired firecrackers from inside the mosque,” the statement said, adding that one policeman was injured in the leg.

Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem (April 5, 2023)AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/East News

Violence in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem has increased over the past year and there are fears tensions could intensify this month as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan coincides with the Jewish Passover and Christian Easter, Reuters reported.

“We warn the occupiers against crossing red lines at holy places, which will lead to a big explosion,” said Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Videos circulating on social media, which Reuters could not immediately verify, showed firecrackers exploding and police beating people inside the mosque.

Main photo source: AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/East News

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