Israel police and Palestinians clashed at a flashpoint at Jerusalem’s holy site on Sunday, Aug. 11, as overlapping Jewish and Muslim holy days led to tensions there, an AFP journalist reported.
Palestinian medics said at least 14 people were wounded, one seriously, in the skirmishes with police at the site, which Muslims refer to as the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and Jews refer to as the Temple Mount. Witnesses said at least two people were arrested.
Tens of thousands of Muslims had flocked to the site in Jerusalem’s Old City early Sunday for holy day prayers, police said.
The compound, which includes the Al Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, is one of the most sensitive sites in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
It is the third-holiest site in Islam and the most sacred for Jews, who revere it as the location of the two biblical-era temples.
It is located in east Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed in a move never recognized by the international community.
Jews are allowed to visit but not pray there to avoid provoking tensions.