In yet another escalation of tension, Palestinian worshippers have clashed with Israeli security forces outside a gate to the Old City in Jerusalem, as tensions continue over the new security measures implemented at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said.
Stun grenades were fired as police forces tried to disperse the crowd, while several people were seen throwing objects in response.
Security forces have cleared the area outside al-Aqsa compound, ordering vehicles out, and the situation have since calmed down.
The confrontation followed clashes between Israeli security forces and protesters after evening prayers in the occupied city.
A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion’s Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel.
During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad – two Palestinian groups – have also called for protests on Wednesday in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.