Israelis And Palestinians Clash Again At Al-Aqsa Mosque
The holy site is a frequent point of conflict between Israeli authorities and Palestinian worshipers.By Matt Picht | September 13, 2015
The Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem is once again a flashpoint for Israeli-Palestinian tensions. Israeli police wielding tear gas and stun grenades clashed with Palestinian youths gathered inside the mosque, who threw rocks and fireworks at the officers.
Israeli Police spokesperson Mickey Rosenfeld told i24News, "The Israeli police had specific warnings and intelligence that there were going to be disturbances from inside the Al-Aqsa mosque. Our forces entered the Temple Mount area. Immediately they were confronted by Israeli Arabs who threw stones and rocks at them."
Police say they entered the religious site to quash plans to disrupt celebrations of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the clashes as "aggression against the faithful."