The Al-Aqsa complex in Jerusalem, a sacred site for Muslims and Jews, is often the scene of confrontation between the two religious groups. Clashes erupted again on Saturday night (May 7-8) as thousands of Palestinians gathered in it for prayer on the last Friday of Ramadan.
On Monday morning, May 10, Israeli security forces stormed the Al-Aqsa complex, once again firing rubber bullets with a metal core, using tear gas and stun grenades against Muslims - hundreds of people were injured. Radio Liberty reported that the assault was preceded by several days of violence in Jerusalem following the attacks by Israeli security forces against Muslims at the Al-Aqsa mosque and on Palestinians protesting against the eviction of families from the Arab quarter of Sheikh Jarrah. In the evening of May 10, the clashes resumed.
The aggravation of the situation around the Al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem and the actions of the Israeli police were condemned by the Religious Administration of Muslims of Ukraine "Ummah", and the Religious Administration of Muslims of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
Thus, Said Ismagilov, the mufti of the RAMU "Ummah", draws attention to the fact that such events occur annually, when fanatical Israeli radicals try to break into the territory of the third shrine of Islam, the Al-Aqsa mosque, thus marking the "Day of Jerusalem" proclaimed after Six-Day War in 1967.
“On the night of May 7-8, the Israeli military and police broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Muslims in the mosque were shot at with rubber bullets with metal cores and stun grenades during the taraweeh prayer. There are already several victims at the moment. On the territory of the mosque there are up to 30 thousand people who refuse to leave the religious building. Clashes continue,” says Sheikh Said, who also posted footage of the events on the morning of May 10 on Facebook.
RAMU "Ummah protested the violence in the Al-Aqsa mosque during the holy month of Ramadan.
“We condemn any violence, especially if it is carried out by military force against unarmed people. It is completely unacceptable that a religious institution, especially being a religious shrine, is being attacked. We call for an end to the violence and the liberation of the territory of the mosque so that Muslims can freely continue their religious service in the month of Ramadan,” the RAMU "Ummah" said in its statement.
The RAMC has also protested against the actions of the Israeli police, who fired at believers during the taraweeh prayer at the Muslim shrine: "Shrines must be inviolable!" - such a statement can be read on the website of the Religious Administration.
It must be recalled that in 1967 Israel, after winning the so-called Six-Day War against Egypt, Jordan and Syria, seizing the Sinai Peninsula, Gaza Strip, the West Bank of the Jordan River, the Golan Heights, and East Jerusalem, at first did not annex the latter, but only administratively integrated, however subsequently declared the entire city as its capital. For the most part, the international community does not admit this. The Palestinians regard East Jerusalem as the capital of their independent state they are seeking to establish.