Israeli forces shoot Palestinian in al-Aqsa Mosque

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Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian man in al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem on Friday.

Local media said the young man had been beaten after clashing with Israeli forces stationed at the Chain Gate (Bab al-Silsela) when they allegedly attacked a Palestinian woman who was trying to re-enter the mosque.

Israeli police said in a statement that a man tried to steal a soldier’s weapon and was shot and later “neutralized”. His condition was not immediately clear.

Eyewitnesses said 20 shots were heard fired in less than a minute, leaving one man wounded as he lay on the floor near the Chain Gate.

Israeli forces had closed the gates of the mosque after thousands of worshipers left the complex after the Ramadan Tarawih night prayer. They prohibited anyone from returning to continue overnight prayers, according to Palestinian media.

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Footage shared online showed a man lying on the floor near the Chain Gate with Israeli officers standing nearby.

MEE could not independently verify the videos.

An eyewitness who stayed with a small group of worshipers inside al-Aqsa Mosque told local news outlet Al Jarmaq News that they heard the gunshots.

He added that Israeli forces entered the mosque’s courtyard to remove banners erected by worshipers earlier in the day after the Friday midday prayer.

Crowds chanted slogans after the prayer and held up signs in support of Palestinian resistance groups.

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