Israeli troops clash with Palestinians at al-Aqsa

2015-09-28 09:21
(Mahmud Hams, AFP)

(Mahmud Hams, AFP)

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Clashes have erupted for a second day in a row at Al-Aqsa, after Israeli security forces stormed the mosque and fought with Palestinian worshippers.

Witnesses on the ground in occupied Jerusalem told Al Jazeera that the Israeli police entered the mosque shortly before 07:00 on Monday, and used stun grenades and fire crackers.

They reportedly fought with the worshippers, who have barricaded themselves at the mosque.

Al Jazeera's Imtiaz Tyab, reporting from Jerusalem, said clashes continued and tensions "are high" as far-right Jewish groups prepare to enter the mosque compound.


Timeline: Al-Aqsa Mosque


He said several Israeli soldiers were spotted at the roof of the mosque.

The fresh violence occurred on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which began on Sunday evening. During the week-long holiday, many Jews visit Jerusalem. 

According to a 50-year long agreement, Jews and people of other religions are allowed to enter the compound between 7:30 and 11:30 local time, but are not allowed to pray.

Palestinian worshippers, however, said that far-right Jews have been provoking them by praying, thus violating the agreement.

Read more on:    palestine  |  israel  |  middle east peace

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