Israeli security forces have clashed with hundreds of Palestinian worshippers at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem. Witnesses told Al Jazeera that Sunday’s confrontation between Israeli forces and Palestinians began after officers entered the compound. Aljazeera reports:
Al Jazeera’s Imtiaz Tyab, reporting from Jerusalem, said police forces used stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets against the Palestinians. “It doesn’t appear as if the clashes went far beyond the gate where police entered, nor are there reports of any injuries,” he said.
“These confrontations at al-Aqsa Mosque come at a very tense time. “Over the past several days, there have been frequent confrontations between Israeli security forces and Palestinian worshippers who go to the site.”
Al-Aqsa Mosque is Islam’s third holiest site after Saudi Arabia’s Mecca and Medina. Men aged below 40 years are often prohibited from entering the mosque and the compound. “No age limit placed on Muslims this morning because of the holiday,” said Israeli spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld, referring to Eid al-Adha.