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.
After the Eid prayers, Palestinians began shouting anti-Israeli slogans and throwing projectiles at them, police and an AFP correspondent at the scene said.
Clashes erupted and security forces deployed at the entrances of the Temple Mount used sound bombs in an attempt to disperse the crowd.
“It was our mosque and Eid, but the army arrived and started beating and firing sound bombs,” Asya Abu Sunna, 32, told AFP.
The Palestinian Red Crescent spoke of 14 wounded and police reported four wounded.
Amidst the tension, the police prevented Jews from entering the site. But after the protests it reopened the only door they could cross to reach the site.
Jordan on Sunday strongly condemned the continued Israeli “violations” in Jerusalem, following clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on the first day of Eid al-Adha.
Ministry spokesman Sufian al-Qudah expressed “the kingdom’s absolute rejection of these absurd practices and irresponsible provocations on the first day of Eid al-Adha.”
The judges blamed “the Israeli government for its full results and the resulting violence and tension.”
He called on the Israeli authorities to “immediately stop these practices” and called on “the international community to act and pressure Israel to stop its aggressive practices.”
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 and Israeli forces control the entrances to the site, which is run by Jordan’s Islamic Endowments Department.
Israel, which signed a peace treaty with Jordan in 1994, recognizes the kingdom’s supervision of the city’s Islamic holy sites.
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.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967, after being subject to Jordanian sovereignty as other West Bank cities before its occupation, and later annexed it in a move not recognized by the international community.
– One Palestinian killed.
Meanwhile, a Palestinian who shot at Israeli soldiers on the Gaza border on Sunday was killed when soldiers responded, in the third exchange of fire at the border in recent days, officials said.
The Israeli army said it had “paralyzed” the Palestinian who “approached the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip” controlled by Hamas and “fired” at soldiers.
“After this incident, an Israeli tank targeted a Hamas military position in the same area,” the army said, adding that no casualties were reported by Israeli forces.
The Hamas-run Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip confirmed the death of the 26-year-old Palestinian from the northern town of Beit Hanoun. His body was taken to a local hospital.
The Israeli army announced on Saturday the killing of four Palestinians “armed” with assault rifles, a grenade launcher and grenades who tried to infiltrate into Israel from the southern Gaza Strip.
On August 1, a Palestinian crossed the border from Gaza and entered Israel, shooting at soldiers, wounding three of them before being killed by military fire, the Israeli army said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement Saturday that he held Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, “responsible for any aggression originating in Gaza.”
Earlier this week, the body of an Israeli soldier who was not wearing a military suit and did not carry a weapon was found stabbed to death near a settlement in the occupied West Bank. Israeli authorities announced on Saturday that they had arrested two Palestinians suspected of involvement in the killing of soldier Dvir Sorek.
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