Israel police enter Islam holy place


JERUSALEM: Israeli police entered one of Islam’s holiest places — east Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque — on Sunday to tackle suspected Palestinian rioters, police said. The compound, which is also revered by Jews, is one of the biggest flashpoints in the Middle East. Israel routinely imposes age restrictions on Muslim worshippers. “Masked rioters fled into the mosque and started to throw stones and blocks at police from inside Al-Aqsa mosque,” police said. “They threw fireworks directly at police,” they said, adding that a number of police were wounded. “In light of the severe confrontation and the escalating actions of the rioters and with the aim of preventing further injury to police…forces entered a number of meters inside and closed the doors to the mosque with the rioters inside, restoring order.”



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