Violent Clashes Break Out at Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem

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Clashes have broken out between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in East Jerusalem.

Police said the Palestinians threw stones and fireworks at officers, who responded with “riot dispersal means”.

The violence follows weeks of tension and a number of confrontations at the site.

Al-Aqsa is one of Islam’s holiest sites and is in the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif site also revered by Jews.

The site is a source of religious and political tension between Israelis and Palestinians and a frequent flashpoint for violence.

No injuries or arrests were reported after the brief exchange on Sunday, which occurred hours before the beginning of the Jewish festival of Sukkoth.

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SOURCE: BBC