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Israeli Police and Palestinians Clash at Jerusalem Holy Site

Yahoo.com News reports on an unfolding volatile situation in Jerusalem today:

Jerusalem – Israeli police say policemen have entered a sensitive Jerusalem holy site to disperse Palestinian protesters who were hurling stones.

The scene of Friday’s violence was the Old City compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

Israeli spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says police entered the compound after Palestinians began lobbing stones at security forces stationed outside one of the gates. He says police used stun grenades to disperse the crowd.

Rosenfeld says no one was injured and that order was quickly restored.

The holy compound is one of the most combustible sites on earth, and clashes there in the past have ignited broader violence.

A Muslim clerical body runs the compound under Israel’s overall security control.

And also today: Israeli police enter Al-Aqsa mosque compound…

Israeli police briefly entered the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Friday prayers and fired tear gas towards stone-throwing youths, police and mosque officials said.

“After prayers some of the Arab youths started throwing stones,” a Jerusalem police spokeswoman said. “There were no injuries but when the stone throwing continued, police and border police entered the mosque compound to disperse the youths before leaving.”

Police fired tear gas and one person was arrested, she said.

A spokesman for the Islamic authorities that run the mosque said one or two youths had been throwing stones, but the incident ended quickly.

The sprawling mosque compound contains the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock and is the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina.

It is also the holiest site in Judaism because it was the location of the Second Temple, razed by the Romans in 70 AD.

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