Published: Mon, August 12, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Clashes: Israel police, Palestinians clash at flashpoint Jerusalem holy site

Clashes: Israel police, Palestinians clash at flashpoint Jerusalem holy site

The Palestinian government spokesman Ibrahim Melhem accused the Israeli police of "assaulting religious clerics, mosque Imams and worshippers", saying "it is a flagrant violation of global law".

Israeli occupants also assaulted Al Quds Mufti Sheikh Mohamed Hussein, while Israeli forces are still deployed at the mosque yards as thousands of worshipers gathered to prevent settlers from pushing deep into the holy site.

Israeli police and Palestinian worshippers have clashed at a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site as overlapping Jewish and Muslim holidays led to tensions there.

Israeli police clashed with Muslim worshipers on the Temple Mount, local media report. It coincides with the Jewish Tisha B'av holiday, which typically sees an increase in Jewish visits to the holy site.

As clashes erupted on the holy site, Palestinians started chanting the famous slogan " With our soul and blood we will redeem you, Aqsa".

Scuffles ensued and the crowd fled as sound grenades exploded and smoke wafted through the compound, witnesses said. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to stop the protests.

Jews are allowed to visit but not pray there to avoid provoking tensions.

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In response to the calls, the Higher Islamic Commission (HIC) in East Jerusalem, the Council for Waqf and Islamic Affairs and the Council of Fatwa called on all mosques around the city of Jerusalem to close on Eid al-Adha, in order to allow more people to join Eid Al-Adha prayers at al-Aqsa mosque compound as a means "to protect the mosque" during the anticipated raid.

After the confrontations died down, Jerusalem District Police Chief Doron Yedid said on Kan radio that he had lifted the ban.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is one of the most volatile sites in the region.

Since occupying East Jerusalem in June 1967, Israelis have been praying at the Western Wall, a remnant from the Second Temple, which is considered the holiest site in Judaism.

Eid al-Adha commemorates God's testing of Abraham's faith by commanding him to sacrifice his son.

In other news, Israeli forces also killed on Sunday a Palestinian who carried out an armed attack on the soldiers near the fence of the borders.

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