Israeli police fired tear gasoline and rubber-coated bullets at worshippers on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound as a whole lot of Jewish pilgrims headed there to mark a non secular vacation.
The tensions and the Jewish pilgrimage on Sunday to the extremely delicate mosque compound in occupied East Jersusalem, Islam’s third-holiest website which can also be identified to Jews because the Temple Mount, had been condemned by the Palestinians.
Israel’s right-wing nationalist Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stood by the state’s determination to permit Jews to go to the location.
In accordance Israeli police, within the early hours of the morning Palestinian “youths started throwing stones on the Temple Mount esplanade in direction of police forces, who dispersed them”.
There have been no official reviews of arrests or accidents.
The EU delegation to the Palestinian territories in a tweet mentioned it was “involved over ongoing tensions” and urged that there be no “acts of incitement”.
It additionally referred to as for respect for the location’s establishment and urged Israeli, spiritual and neighborhood leaders to urgently “settle down this explosive state of affairs”.
The incident occurred on the Jewish pageant of Tisha B’av, marking the day of the yr hundreds of years in the past when, in accordance with custom, each Jewish temples situated on the Temple Mount had been destroyed.
The holy website lies in East Jerusalem, which Israel occupied and annexed in 1967, however is run by the Muslim Waqf organisation which grants Jews restricted entry.
A spokesman for a Jewish group encouraging such visits informed the AFP information company that 1,679 pilgrims had been on the mosque compound throughout Sunday morning and afternoon.
The Waqf condemned the “violations and assaults” carried out by “Jewish fanatic teams, with the help and political cowl of the Israeli authorities,” it mentioned in an announcement carried by official Palestinian web site Wafa, claiming Israel was “aiming for a non secular conflict”.
The Palestinian Authority accused Israel of “tampering with the safety and stability of the area” by enabling the “incursions” of pilgrims.
Newly sworn-in premier Bennett, who’s from Israel’s spiritual proper however heads a coalition together with a left-wing one and a celebration of Palestinian residents of Israel, mentioned he had “instructed that the organised and protected visits by Jews to the Temple Mount proceed, whereas sustaining order on the website”.
In a second assertion following the Waqf and PA condemnations, Bennett burdened that “freedom of worship on the Temple Mount will probably be absolutely preserved for Muslims as nicely”, pointing to the upcoming pageant of Eid al-Adha.
Two years in the past, when the Jewish and Muslim holidays coincided, violence on the website left dozens of Palestinians wounded and led to seven arrests.