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Thousands in Gaza march against Israeli actions at Al-Aqsa

July 25, 2017 6:12 P.M. (Updated: July 26, 2017 8:02 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Thousands of Palestinians protested in Gaza City on Tuesday in solidarity with Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem against Israeli actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, and Israeli forces’ violent suppression of Palestinian protesters that have left four killed and over 1,000 injured in clashes over the past 11 days.

A march, called for by the Palestinian Youth Movement, set off from central Gaza City towards the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (IRC).

Spokesperson of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Luay al-Qarnuti spoke at the march, saying “the Judaization of the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an organized plan to take control over the mosque and work on its spatial and temporal division.”

Al-Qarnuti called upon representatives of all Palestinian factions and the Palestinian people to “continue to resist in solidarity with Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to hold on to the battle against the Israeli project of controlling all that is Palestinian.”

Tensions have been high across the occupied Palestinian territory ever since Israeli authorities installed metal detectors, turnstiles, and a network of security cameras at the entrance to the Al-Aqsa compound, following a deadly shoot out at the holy site on July 14th.

The move led to a widespread civil disobedience campaign across occupied East Jerusalem, with thousands of Palestinians boycotting the move by refusing to enter the compound, and instead taking to the streets to pray and protest.

Palestinians have said the move is the latest instance of Israeli authorities using Israeli-Palestinian violence as a means of furthering control over important sites in the occupied Palestinian territory and normalizing repressive measures against Palestinians.

While Israeli officials decided on Monday night to take down the metal detectors, Palestinian leaders have said their fight wasn’t over, as Israel announced plans to replace the metal detectors and turnstiles with more advanced surveillance technology in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.

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