Palestinians and Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site

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Published on August 11, 2019 - Duration: 00:46s

Palestinians and Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site

Israeli police fired sound grenades to disperse Palestinians during confrontations on Sunday (August 11) outside Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque.

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Palestinians and Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site

Tens of thousands of Mulsim worshippers had gathered at the mosque for the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Tensions had mounted at the flashpoint complex at the start of Eid al-Adha as the holiday overlapped this year with the Jewish fast day of Tisha B'Av, amid calls by Jewish nationalist and religious politicians for Jews to visit the holy compound.

In an effort to avoid friction at the site, police barred the entry of non-Muslim visitors, including Jews, before the clashes erupted.

After the confrontations died down, the ban was lifted.

The compound is situated in a part of Jerusalem captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed in a move that has not been recognized internationally.

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