Israel police disperse protesters at holy site

2014-05-28 11:11
(Thomas Coex, AFP)

(Thomas Coex, AFP)

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Jerusalem - Protesters hurled stones at policemen at the gates of a sensitive Jerusalem holy site on Wednesday, prompting security forces to enter the compound and disperse the demonstrators, Israeli police said.

Police spokespersonman Micky Rosenfeld said "a small group of rioters" caused the disturbance on the hilltop compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount. He said no one was injured.

The skirmishes came as Israel marks Jerusalem Day, which commemorates the anniversary of Israel's capture of east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war. Israel says the day marks the "unification" of the city.

The issue of Jerusalem is one of the most intractable in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as the capital of their hoped-for state. Israel views the entire city, including the Old City which lies in the eastern sector, as its eternal capital.

The Old City is home to important holy sites for Jews, Muslims and Christians.

Rosenfeld said police have fanned out in anticipation of the annual Israeli march through Jerusalem later on Wednesday, which will pass by a Palestinian area in the Old City.

In the past, the marchers have faced protests by Palestinians.
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