Thursday 18 January 2018

Violence erupts as Muslims return to pray at shrine

Palestinian paramedics carry an injured woman on a stretcher past the Dome of the Rock, after clashes broke out inside the al-Aqsa mosques compound in Jerusalem’s Old City. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Palestinian paramedics carry an injured woman on a stretcher past the Dome of the Rock, after clashes broke out inside the al-Aqsa mosques compound in Jerusalem’s Old City. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Raf Sanchez

Clashes broke out inside Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound yesterday as thousands of Palestinians returned to the holy site for the first time in two weeks after a standoff with police.

Israel installed metal detectors, cameras and railings outside the mosque after two of its police officers were shot dead on July 14 but the move led to a backlash of both civil protest and violence from Palestinians.

Thousands of Palestinians prayed outside the mosque each day rather than go through the new security set-up. But yesterday, the Israeli government removed the last of the railings and the Waqf, the Islamic authority that administers the mosque, gave the all-clear for worshippers to return.

Thousands of worshippers streamed into the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, for afternoon prayers.

But clashes soon broke out between riot police and parts of the crowd. Palestinian officials said 46 Palestinians were injured. Israeli police said youths had thrown stones at Jewish worshippers at the Western Wall. (© Daily Telegraph London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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