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Palestine: Assault on sacred sites in Jerusalem and Bethlehem

Israeli forces assault worshipers, arrest 10 inside Aqsa

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Tension prevailed in the holy Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Sunday after Israeli occupation forces assaulted worshipers.

Local sources told the PIC that the Israeli soldiers escorted 250 Jewish settlers into the holy site and engaged worshipers in fistfights.

They said that the soldiers used Tasers in their attack, wounding a number of worshipers. They added that the soldiers detained ten worshipers in the mosque’s plazas.

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Hundreds of settlers storm ancient pools in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– Hundreds of Jewish settlers stormed the ancient Solomon Pools located between Artas and Al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem, on Sunday.

Eyewitnesses told the PIC reporter that hundreds of settlers from Etzion settlement arrived to the site on foot under heavy Israeli military protection.

They said that the settlers arrived for swimming then offering Talmudic rituals at the site.

The eyewitnesses said that inhabitants tried to approach the 500 or more settlers to block their entry into the site but Israeli occupation forces, escorting those settlers, prevented them from doing so.

The pools, which were built by the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificentare, are under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority according to the Oslo accords.

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