Israeli police and Palestinian worshipers clashed inside a flashpoint at a Jerusalem holy site on Monday morning, leaving at least dozens of Palestinians injured, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.
Israeli Police said in a statement that “thousands of Palestinians rioted” and hurled stones and other objects from the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound at police officers.
Video footages on local Israeli media showed that police fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters. Palestinian media reported that Israeli police forces threw stun grenades into the mosque.
The compound, holy to both Muslims and Jews, is at the epicentre of the spiralling tensions between Israelis and Palestinians over the past days, which were sparked by a planned eviction of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem.
Earlier on Monday morning, Israeli police announced that Jews will not be allowed to visit the compound on Monday. The decision came amid soaring tensions in the wake of Israel’s Jerusalem Day, marked by Israeli nationalists with an annual flag parade that passes through East Jerusalem’s Old City.
Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war. It annexed East Jerusalem shortly later, in a move not recognised by most of the international community.