Palestinians denounce "Israeli raids" into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

Israeli police arrests a Palestinian worshipper at al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem Sunday Aug 11 2019

Israeli police arrests a Palestinian worshipper at al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem Sunday Aug 11 2019

Preacher of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound Ikrima Sabri told Xinhua in a telephone interview that the Israeli police "stormed into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and tried to evict worshippers out of it by force".

Tens of thousands of Muslims had flocked to the site in Jerusalem's Old City early Sunday for holiday prayers, police said.

"International justice is one-eyed and the justice that is not won through global laws will be taken through the resilience and resistance of the peoples", Bassil went on to say.

More than a dozen Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli police at a Jerusalem holy site.

In a bid to ease tensions, police initially barred Jewish visits to the site on Sunday but Muslim worshippers still feared they would be allowed in and protested there.

On Friday, the Muslim Waqf trust, which oversees the site, urged Muslim worshipers to crowd the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and keep Jews from entering, after police said they would consider allowing non-Muslim visitors. Tisha B'Av marks the destruction of the two temples.

On Saturday, Israel's army said troops shot dead four heavily armed Palestinians on the Gaza border, adding one had managed to cross and throw a grenade at soldiers.

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The statement reads: "The All Progressives Congress (APC) celebrates with Muslim faithfuls on the commemoration of Eid ul-Adha". God then gave Prophet Ibrahim the option to substitute his son for a lamb instead and continue performing his sacrifice.

Muslim worshippers perform prayers at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, September 12, 2016.

Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee, held Israel responsible for "fuelling religious tensions in Jerusalem".

Under an arrangement in place since Israel's victory in the 1967 Six Day war, non-Muslims are allowed to visit the Temple Mount but not to pray there.

After the confrontations died down, Jerusalem District Police Chief Doron Yedid said on Kan radio that he had lifted the visiting ban and Jewish visitors had then entered the area under heavy police guard.

The reversal came after Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's religious nationalist allies called for the site to be opened to Jewish visitors.

Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future independent state, while Israel wants all Jerusalem to be its eternal capital. Jewish tradition also maintains that Jews should avoid entering the holy site.

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