Palestinians Heroically Confront Israeli Attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque

Cheryl Sanders
August 11, 2019

Israeli artillery on Saturday bombed two towns east of the central city of Deir el-Balah, on the border of the Gaza Strip, with several Palestinian casualties.

The terror group cancelled this Friday's protest because of the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Palestinian medics said at least 14 people has been wounded, one seriously, in the skirmishes at the site, which Muslims refer to as the al-Aqsa mosque and Jews as the Temple Mount.

Revered by Jews as Temple Mount, the site of two biblical Jewish temples, and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, the area is one of the most sensitive sites in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The site is the holiest for Jews and the third holiest for Muslims, after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, and has always been a flashpoint at the epicenter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

But some settler groups have been lobbying Israeli authorities to allow Jewish visitors on the site during Tisha Be' Av, so they can mourn the destruction of a temple believed to have been located there 2,000 years ago. Israel views all of Jerusalem as its unified capital, while the Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as their capital. Jewish tradition also maintains that Jews should avoid entering the holy site.

Tensions have spiked since Donald Trump's decision in 2017 to break with worldwide convention and recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the United States embassy there.

"An armed terrorist from Gaza just approached the border fence with Israel & opened fired at IDF troops, who responded with fire towards him", the IDF wrote on Twitter.

A Palestinian shot at Israeli soldiers along the Gaza border Sunday and was killed when troops returned fire, the army and Hamas's health ministry said, in the third such incident in recent days.

Gaza is ruled by the Islamist group Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel over the past decade.

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