Monday, 14 September 2015

Clashes rock Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for second day

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces and Palestinians clashed for the second consecutive day at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday, with Israeli troops firing stun grenades and rubber bullets which injured at least one Palestinian.

Israeli police said they entered the hilltop compound to ensure that Palestinian youths did not harass Jews or tourists during the morning visiting hours.

"As the police entered the compound masked youths fled inside the mosque and threw stones at the force," an Israeli police statement said.

At least three Palestinians were detained and an elderly man sustained injuries to his eye during the clashes and was transferred to hospital for treatment.

An AFP journalist outside the gate saw a Jewish visitor leaving the compound scuffle with Muslims outside.

The clashes come a day after violent confrontations at the holy site on Sunday, during which witnesses said Israeli police entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque itself, Islam's third-holiest site, and caused damage.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound shortly after dawn prayers, firing rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades, leading to the injury of several worshipers. more


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