UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Clashes erupted between Israeli police and Palestinian worshipers on Sunday at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on the first day of Eid al-Adha, an AFP journalist at the scene said.
Under the tense camp, Israeli police prevented Jews who commemorated the destruction of the Temple that same day from entering the site.
The Palestinian Red Crescent pointed to casualties during the clashes, without specifying their number.
Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam, and the Jews refer to it as the Temple Mount, where the site of the two temples of the Torah era is considered the holiest religious places they have.
At the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Al-Aqsa Mosque is located in East Jerusalem, which Israel captured in 1967 and then annexed in a move not recognized by the international community.
Israeli forces control the entrances to the site, which is run by Jordan’s Islamic Endowments Department, which is responsible for Islamic religious sites in East Jerusalem.
Palestinians fear Israel is trying to change the status quo at the mosque since the 1967 Middle East war, which allows Muslims to enter the Al-Aqsa mosque at any time, while Jews are allowed only at certain times and without praying.
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