BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Israeli police closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to the public this afternoon, following intense clashes between worshipers, the AFP News Agency reported.
According to the AFP report, the religious compound was closed off at approximately 3:00 P.M. (local time) and Israeli police surrounded the area in order to disperse the crowd.
The religious authority that runs the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Waqf, confirmed that the holy site had been closed off to the public, adding that Israeli police fired tear gas towards the Palestinian crowd.
No further details were released.
The Al-Aqsa is Islam’s third holiest site after the holy cities of Mecca and Medina; it’s also the location of the Western Wall, which is a Jewish holy site.