Israeli police temporarily close Al-Aqsa compound to non-Muslim visitors

Published June 28th, 2016 - 07:00 GMT
Israeli security forces stand guard at the entrance of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, on June 27, 2016, following a second day of clashes between Israeli police and Muslims protesting Jewish visits to the holy site. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
Israeli security forces stand guard at the entrance of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, on June 27, 2016, following a second day of clashes between Israeli police and Muslims protesting Jewish visits to the holy site. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

Following two days of clashes between the IDF and Muslim worshippers at Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Israeli police have closed the religious site to non-Muslim visitors from Tuesday to Thursday, Jerusalem Post reported.

Clashes began after groups of extremist settlers visited the site under protection of the IDF during the final ten days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a time considered especially sacred to the devout.

Police said in a statement that the decision was made after security assessments indicated that it was currently unsafe for Jewish visitors.

Police have arrested 10 suspects, including two South African nationals, since Sunday for throwing rocks and other objects during clashes at the compound.

Maan News also reported that up to 12 Palestinians had been injured when Israeli forces fired rubber-coated bullets and deployed tear gas.


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