Al-Aqsa mosque: More than 100 injured as Israeli police clash with Palestinians | World News

More than 100 people have been injured after clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third-holiest site in Islam.

Video showed officers using tear gas and stun grenades to disperse a crowd, some wearing masks, who police said were throwing stones and fireworks at them.

At least 117 Palestinians have been injured, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent emergency service.

Police said they did not enter the mosque itself
Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces at the Al-Aqsa compound
The clashes broke out after morning prayers

Thousands of worshipers were gathered at the mosque, two weeks into the month of Ramadan and with tensions high after a string of terrorist attacks.

Israeli police entered the area in force shortly after early morning prayers, said the Islamic endowment that administers the site.

It said one guard was shot in the eye with a rubber bullet.

Israeli police said there were ‘hundreds of rioting demonstrators’

Israel’s foreign ministry said dozens of masked men carrying Palestinian and Hamas flags had marched to the compound.

“Police were forced to enter the grounds to disperse the crowd and remove the stones and rocks, in order to prevent further violence,” it tweeted.

Israeli police said there were “hundreds of rioting demonstrators who continuously threw stones and fireworks at the police forces deployed in the area”.

Medics evacuate an injured Palestinian man.  Pic: AP
Medics evacuate an injured Palestinian man. Pic: AP
Israel said it was forced to act after stones were thrown in the direction of the Western Wall, a Jewish holy site

It said at least three officers had been injured and that it was forced to act after rocks started to be thrown towards the Western Wall, a nearby Jewish holy site.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum described the violence as “brutal attacks by Israeli occupation soldiers against the worshipers in Al-Aqsa Mosque”.

Palestinians view any large police deployment at Al-Aqsa as a major provocation.

The mosque is the third holiest site in Islam and is built on a hilltop that is the most sacred site for Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount.

It has been a major flashpoint for Israeli-Palestinian violence for decades. Clashes there last year helped spark an 11-day war with militants in the Gaza Strip.

Passover, Ramadan and Easter coincide this year and millions of Jews, Muslims and Christians are expected in Jerusalem over the next few days.

Through late March and early April, Israel suffered one of the worst waves of attacks it has experienced for years.

In four separate incidents, 14 Israelis were killed and scores injured.

Sky News Middle East correspondent Alistair Bunkall said recent attacks had been carried out by a mix of Palestinians, Arab-Israelis and Bedouin.

Israel has carried out a series of arrests and operations in the occupied West Bank, sparking clashes with Palestinians.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said a 17-year-old died on Friday from wounds sustained in the West Bank city of Jenin the day before.

At least 25 Palestinians have been killed in the recent wave of violence – many had carried out attacks or were involved in the unrest – but also an unarmed woman and a lawyer who appears to have been killed by mistake.

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