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Israeli forces use tear gas in clashes with Palestinian worshipers at Temple Mount

Israeli forces use tear gas in clashes with Palestinian worshipers at Temple Mount

Israeli police clashed with Muslim worshipers on the Temple Mount, local media report. The confrontation erupted after Muslim and Jewish holidays coincided on Sunday, resulting in a heated conflict over admittance rights. Images posted on social media showed some people injured in the wake of the confrontation. Footage from the scene showed police moving through the area with loud noises from flashbangs and white clouds dispersing in the air.

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The clashes at the site worshiped by both Muslims and Jews happened after some 80,000 Muslims gathered on the Temple Mount to celebrate Eid al-Adha, one of the key holy days of Islam.

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ולמרות הכל, עימותים בהר הבית בין המתפללים למשטרה pic.twitter.com/FaUxQnPCRJ

— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) August 11, 2019 Simultaneously, large crowds of Jewish worshipers gathered at the entrance as they wanted to mark the second day of Tisha Be’av holy day. They were barred from entering by police, in order to prevent potential altercations.

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Heavy ongoing clashes in #Jerusalem old city as police clear area using stun grenades and tear gas. Today marks start of Jewish Tish B’Av and for Muslims Eid Al-Adha pic.twitter.com/VCXd0LWEmj

— Lee Hannon (@HannonTV) August 11, 2019 The decision was criticized by some Jewish groups, who described it as bowing down to terrorism. A large banner showing a purported Hamas fighter as well as Mohamed Morsi, the former president of Egypt and leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, was hung at the entrance to the Temple Mount area

Hamas banner on Temple Mount on Tisha B'Av

No Jews allowed on our holiest site while terrorist sympathizers are welcome. pic.twitter.com/jCb43gAxe1

Elder Of Ziyon ҉ (@elderofziyon) August 11, 2019 There were rumors among the Muslims that some radical Jews were planning to storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday. After the morning prayers, announcers called on the Muslim worshipers to remain at the site and block all entrances to the area for the Jews. The Israeli police intervened after violence between the two crowds reportedly erupted

The Palestinian Red Cross reported that 14 people injured in the clashes were taken to local hospitals. Police said that four officers sustained minor injuries. Access to the Temple Mount was later granted to some Jewish worshipers

Eid al-Adha marks the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and is one of the key holidays in Islam. Tisha B’Av is the two-day mourning for destruction of the two Jerusalem temples and, by extension, other calamities that happened to the Jewish people

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