Israeli police clash with Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem | World News


Israeli police have clashed with Palestinian protesters inside a Jerusalem holy site amid rising tensions.

Officers fired tear gas and stun grenades and protesters threw stones and other objects from the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Palestinians reported stun grenades were fired into the mosque compound, with dozens reportedly injured.

Firas Dibs, a spokesman for the Islamic authority Waqf, said dozens of people were hurt, while the Palestinian Red Crescent said three people were taken to the hospital.

Israeli police clash with Palestinians at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem
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A member of Israeli police aims a weapon during clashes with Palestinians

The compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, is considered the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam.

It is the epicentre of a conflict and that has been centre stage for Israel-Palestinian violence in the past.

Police barred Jews from visiting the Al-Aqsa compound on Monday, which Israelis mark as Jerusalem Day.

The police decision came hours before a planned march by hardline Israeli nationalists through the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City – an annual event widely perceived as a provocative display of Jewish hegemony over the contested city.

Police have allowed the flag-waving parade to take place despite growing concerns that it could further fan the flames.



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