Palestinians react following tear gas that was shot by Israeli forces after Friday prayer on a street outside Jerusalem's Old city, July 21, 2017. Ammar Awad: "One Friday, Muslim elders called for a Palestinian "Day of Rage" to protest Israeli security measures at Jerusalem's holiest site. I'm a native of Jerusalem and have covered the city for Reuters for 17 years, so I knew that Ras al-Amud, directly across the valley from the walled Old City, would be my best vantage point because the al-Aqsa Mosque and the golden Dome of the Rock dominate the landscape. I arrived at the scene and the first thing I heard was an Israeli officer giving orders to his forces to disperse the crowd the moment Friday prayers ended. Seconds later, sound bombs erupted and many of the Muslim worshippers who had been praying started to run. Others were just finishing their prayers as the scene turned to chaos. It's hard to describe the sound bombs. They are so loud it is as though the whole area must have been destroyed. I took 20 frames as an Israeli tear gas canister was unleashed on the crowd. The light from the exploding projectile lit up the scene, highlighting the colours in an unnatural way. Scores of men cowered instinctively from the deafening boom. I delivered the photo directly from my camera to the desk knowing that it told the unfolding story. I had a feeling that it would be the photo of the day." REUTERS/Ammar Awad/File photo SEARCH "POY STORY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS POY" FOR ALL BEST OF 2017 PACKAGES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
Clashes break out as IOF lock down a gate of Al-Aqsa mosque
Clashes broke out today as Palestinians participated in
performing prayers in the area of Bab al-Rahma inside the mosque, starting
today’s noon prayer as a protest against the Israeli closure of the gate.
According to eyewitnesses, Israeli soldiers broke into the
area last night and put new locks on the door of mercy, to prevent the
endowments from opening or use.
A Palestinian man was arrested a few Palestinians who tried
to remove the locks off the gate.
It is noteworthy that the occupation had closed the building
“Bab al-Rahma” in the eastern side of the Al-Aqsa Mosque since 2003, and since
then the Israeli police issued a decision to close it for a year is constantly
IOF have recently prevented the worshipers from approaching
the area, but prevented the guards and the mosque from approaching the settlers
in the area during the incursion, as well as statements issued by the alleged
temple groups confirm their intention to cut the area of Bab al-Rahma to
establish a synagogue as a “wall New “inside the mosque.
“Gate of Mercy” is an integral gate of the seven gates of
Al-Aqsa Mosque, and enters to a 144 dunum area.