x

Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 22 August 2018

Fireworks discharged near Jerusalem's Al Aqsa, Israel police move in

The gates to the mosque were sealed shut after violence broke out 

Members of the Israeli security forces take into custody a Palestinian protester who was arrested during clashes at the Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem. AFP
Members of the Israeli security forces take into custody a Palestinian protester who was arrested during clashes at the Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem. AFP

Masked youths discharged fireworks in the direction of Israeli police near Jerusalem's most important mosque on Friday and police charged the mosque compound to confront them, Reuters Television footage showed.

It was not immediately clear if the entry of the police happened before or after the fireworks.

An Israeli police spokesman said firecrackers and stones were lobbed at police at the mosque compound "for an unknown reason". Police were clearing the compound in response, he said.

The compound, which Jews also revere as vestige of their two ancient temples, is a frequent flashpoint of Israeli-Palestinian tensions.

The waqf, the religious authority that runs the mosque, confirmed the gates were closed after clashes broke out.

RELATED ARTICLES
Recommended