BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:15 A.M.) – Israelis clashed with Palestinian worshippers on Temple Mount in East Jerusalem on Sunday morning following reported provocation in the lead up to an emotional week in the Holy Land.
The clashes allegedly started when around 1,000 Israelis moved towards Temple Mount, with a minority carrying Star of David flags and chanting Jewish songs, according to local reports.
Others began praying in the area, in contravention of a ban on non-Muslims praying in the al-Aqsa Mosque’s grounds, although visitors from other religions are permitted.
Sunday is known as ‘Jerusalem Day,’ the anniversary of when Israel took control of the Old City and East Jerusalem in 1967.
Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism and the third-holiest site in Islam. High-profile visits by Israeli officials and rumours of changes to the status quo have also preceded outbursts of violence.