- October 4, 2009
Khatib: Israeli police cause many Palestinian casualties at Al-Asbat gate
Sheikh Kamal Al-Khatib, the deputy head of the Islamic Movement in the 1948 occupied lands, said Sunday that a large number of Israeli foot and mounted policemen kidnapped and attacked dozens of Palestinian citizens at Al-Asbat gate which led to many casualties among the citizens.
Sheikh Khatib, who was also assaulted by Israeli police this morning, explained during a telephone call with the Palestinian information center (PIC) that hundreds of Palestinians from 1948 occupied lands headed last night towards the Aqsa Mosque to stay inside it with the aim of foiling any attempt by extremist Jewish groups to storm it.
He added that the Israeli police set up roadblocks at the entrances of Haifa, Nazareth and Umm Al-Fahm to prevent the advance of Palestinian masses.
The Palestinian activist noted that groups of Palestinian young men managed to reach Al-Asbat gate where there was heavy presence of Israeli policemen and border guards.
The activist stressed that the police elements attacked the Palestinian worshipers without any justifications in order to give Israeli settlers gathering outside the Mosque a chance to storm the Aqsa Mosque through Al-Maghariba gate.