SHAFAQNA- RT: According to local media reports, Israeli police clashed with Muslim worshipers on the Temple Mount. The confrontation erupted after Muslim and Jewish holidays coincided on Sunday, resulting in a heated conflict over admittance rights.
Images posted on social media showed some people injured in the wake of the confrontation. Footage from the scene showed police moving through the area with loud noises from flashbangs and white clouds dispersing in the air.
Simultaneously, large crowds of Jewish worshipers gathered at the entrance as they wanted to mark the second day of Tisha Be’av holy day. They were barred from entering by police, in order to prevent potential altercations.
There were rumors among the Muslims that some radical Jews were planning to storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday. After the morning prayers, announcers called on the Muslim worshipers to remain at the site and block all entrances to the area for the Jews. The Israeli police intervened after violence between the two crowds reportedly erupted.
The Palestinian Red Cross reported that 14 people injured in the clashes were taken to local hospitals. Police said that four officers sustained minor injuries. Access to the Temple Mount was later granted to some Jewish worshipers.
Eid al-Adha marks the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and is one of the key holidays in Islam. Tisha B’Av is the two-day mourning for destruction of the two Jerusalem temples and, by extension, other calamities that happened to the Jewish people.
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