Israeli forces clash with Palestinians over al-Aqsa visits
Friday, September 27, 2013 - 01:21
Sept. 27 - Israeli police clash with Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem's Old City, the occupied West Bank and Gaza on Friday, reflecting growing tensions over an increase in Jewish visits to the al-Aqsa mosque compound. Katharine Jackson reports.
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Stun grenades explode as Israeli police disperse crowds of Palestinian protesters outside the medieval walls of Jerusalem's old city on Friday. Protesting the entry by Jewish groups under police escort to the al-Aqsa mosque compound, some Palestinians hurl rocks at troops. Outside the Damascus Gate to the holy site revered by both Muslims and Jews, protesters pray in the road, facing Israeli police. Palestinians oppose Jewish worship at the plaza overlooking Judaism's Western Wall, seeing it as a first step toward restricting access for Muslims and deepening Israeli control over the Old City. In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, protesters set tires on fire in the holy city of Hebron, where a Palestinian sniper shot dead an Israeli soldier on Sunday. In the Gaza strip, demonstrators marching at the crossing to Israel are driven back by tear gas. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed U.S.-brokered peace talks in July, ending a three-year stalemate. But friction on the ground has risen during September's Jewish festivals, with Palestinian leaders complaining about swelling numbers of Jewish visitors.
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