Palestinians in Gaza breathe Israeli tear gas as they march for Al-Aqsa

Ali Abunimah Fri, 09/27/2013

In Jerusalem today, Israeli occupation forces banned Muslim men under fifty years old from reaching the Al-Aqsa mosque and attacked worshipers with tear gas and stun grenades.

In besieged Gaza, meanwhile, Palestinians marched toward the Nahal Oz siege gate on the territory’s eastern boundary with present-day Israel to show support for Al-Aqsa, which is increasingly under assault from Jewish settlers.

Gaza students Belal Dabour and Asem Alnabeh were present and offered live accounts via Twitter.

Alnabeh tweeted that marchers set off toward Nahal Oz from three locations in Gaza.

The day’s events as witnessed by Dabour and Alnabeh began when hundreds of people gathered in central Gaza City to march toward the Nahal Oz crossing with Israel east of Gaza City, according to Dabour.

As the marchers headed east thorough the Shujaiya section of Gaza City, more people joined the march, Alnabeh tweeted.

As the group reached the Nahal Oz crossing, Israeli army jeeps gathered on the other side.

Palestinians youths threw stones toward the occupation forces, who fired shots into the air and fired tear gas grenades at the marchers, according to Alnabeh.

One young man, pictured by Alnabeh, tried throw one of the gas grenades back, in a scene reminiscent of the weekly protests in West Bank villages such as Bilin and Nabi Saleh.


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