Palestinians and Israeli forces continue to clash over Al-Aqsa

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Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank and East Jerusalem after the latest round of Israeli assaults on the Al-Aqsa compound.

On Friday, Palestinians had been protesting Israelis storming and damaging the Al-Aqsa mosque, Israeli forces fired rubber bullets at the demonstrators, who responded by throwing stones and petrol bombs.

Al-Aqsa, known as the Noble Sanctuary for Muslims, is also considered a holy site by Jews who call it Temple Mount. For many years, Jews, whilst being allowed to visit, have been banned from praying at the site that houses the mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

However, a campaign by far-right Jewish nationalists to lift the prayer ban there has created a protest movement from Palestinians who are angry with the Israeli violations, with tensions still simmering from the recent round of aggression on Gaza last July and August. 

Israel had closed the compound in the wake of unrest after the shooting of Rabbi Yehuda Glick, following a meeting where he urged greater Jewish access to the site where Al-Aqsa is located. Israeli police later killed a Palestinian suspected of shooting Glick.

After re-opening the mosque, Israel is only allowing Muslim worshippers over 50 to enter claiming fear of unrest at Friday prayers.

Jordan’s Islamic Affairs Minister Hayel Daoud called on the international community to put pressure on Israel to lift what he called “the terrorist blockade” on the compound, according to the state news agency Petra.

East Jerusalem was captured by Israel in the 1967 war and has been occupied since.

The Al-Aqsa compound is the scene of frequent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police.