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Israeli Police Scuffles with Muslims at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa Compound

13 March 2019

Israeli security forces on Tuesday, March 12, clashed with Muslims at the al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem's Old City, after a firebomb was thrown at police.

"We can not accept such reckless attacks on holy sites and the whole world needs to react against it", the Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Cavusoglu as saying.

The incident further heightened tensions at the site, which is revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. At least three suspects were arrested, and police were seen wrestling a woman to the ground.

On Tuesday, an incendiary device set alight an Israeli police position near the Dome of the Rock shrine inside the compound.

The Israelis then shut the compound's gates and prevented Palestinians from entering the Old City through the Damascus Gate, a major entrance to the ancient walled area.

Police have filed a request with Israeli courts for an order to re-close the building, but the court has reportedly delayed any decision to allow for more negotiations.

Amid rising tensions on the holy site, police say arrests were carried out and the Mount was closed to allow for searches.

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' office condemned "the risky Israeli escalation in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque" and urged the global community to intervene after the shutdown.

The closure of the sacred compound also drew censure from Jordan, the custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem. Abdul Nasser Abu Basal, Jordanian Minister of Islamic Affairs and Holy Sites, described the barring of Muslim worshippers from the site as "a flagrant assault on all religious values, rights and freedom", and "an attack on all Muslims that touches the entire Islamic nation".

It is located in east Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed in a move never recognised by the global community.

Meanwhile Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called on "the whole world to react to Israel's brazen attacks on our scared land".

The clashes came amid a dispute between Israel and Muslim worshipers over the status of the Bab al-Rahma ("Gate of Mercy") structure within the Al-Aqsa mosque complex, which was closed off by Israel in 2003 over alleged ties between the Islamic society operating there and the Gaza-based terrorist group Hamas.

Demonstrations have devolved into standoffs with police in recent weeks.

His office said it has been in communication with a number of parties including Jordan, in an effort "to pressure the occupation's government to halt this risky escalation".

Israeli Police Scuffles with Muslims at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa Compound