Israeli forces, Palestinians clash at Al-Aqsa gate

Israeli police closed off a number of mosque gates and denied people under 50 access into the site.

Israeli forces, Palestinians clash at Al-Aqsa gate

World Bulletin / News Desk

Clashes broke out Tuesday between Israeli police and Palestinian worshippers at an entrance to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound following a decision by Israeli authorities to ban Muslim men under the age of 50 from entering the site, eyewitnesses said.

Israeli police, who were heavily deployed around the mosque compound's Bab al-Hatta Gate, fired stun grenades at Palestinians gathered outside and assaulted several of them, causing injuries, according to eyewitnesses.

At the same time, Israeli security forces allowed over 60 Jewish settlers to enter the mosque through the Bab al-Magharba Gate, according to both eyewitnesses and the Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage, a Palestinian NGO.

Israeli authorities could not be reached for comment.

For the second consecutive day, Israeli police on Tuesday restricted access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem), preventing Palestinian religious students and young worshippers from entering the holy site, a Palestinian official said.

The restrictive measures came hours before a planned march by Jewish extremist groups, scheduled to set out at 5:30pm from the mosque compound's Al-Khalil Gate.

Tuesday's planned march has sparked fears that extremist Jewish groups are planning to storm the holy site in large numbers.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site. Jews, meanwhile, refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.

Israel occupied Al-Quds during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state.

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