Sunday, July 26, 2015

Palestinians, Police Clash in Jerusalem Mosque; Israeli Police Enter Mosque, Put End to Protest

Israeli Police today (July 26, 2015) clashed with Palestinians at the al-Asqa mosque in Jerusalem, the Independent (British) website reports. July 26 marks Tisha B'Av, the annual day of mourning in Judaism marking the destruction of an ancient Holy Temple by the Romans in 70AD.

Several police were wounded in the incident, but police used stun grenades and tear gas to end the Palestinians' protest. There were no reports of Palestinian casualties.

Police entered the mosque -- which is the third holiest site in Islam -- this morning after receiving reports that Palestinians had barricaded themselves inside armed with rocks and firebombs.

The site of the mosque -- known as the Noble Sanctuary by Muslims and the Temple Mount by Jews -- is a holy site for both religions.

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