Palestinians clash with Israeli forces outside al-Aqsa

Palestinians clash with Israeli forces outside al-Aqsa

Palestinian worshippers have clashed with Israeli security forces outside a gate to the Old City in Jerusalem, as tensions continue over the new security measures implements at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Israeli security forces were seen dragging a worshipper, while another police officer appeared to punch a Palestinian man during the confrontation on Wednesday.

The confrontation followed clashes between Israeli forces and protesters after evening prayers in the occupied city on Tuesday.

President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party is also calling for a Day of Rage after metal detectors and turnstiles were installed at the entrance of al-Aqsa following a deadly shoot-out there on Friday.

During that incident, two Israeli security officers were killed in an alleged attack by three Palestinians who were killed by Israeli police following the violence.

According to officials, at least 14 Palestinians and two Israeli police officers were injured in clashes late on Tuesday.

At least 50 Palestinians were also injured on Monday in overnight clashes with Israeli police who remained at the sacred site, known as the Temple Mount to Jews and al-Haram al-Sharif or the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims.

The Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements have also called for protests on Wednesday in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Sheikh Azzam Khatib Tamimi, head of the Waqf, the Islamic authority in charge of al-Aqsa, said earlier on Wednesday that the authority had instructed “imams in all the mosques in the city of Jerusalem not to hold prayers in their mosques and to come to al-Aqsa”.