Jerusalem: Clashes at holy site leave several injured

Jerusalem: Clashes at holy site leave several injured

Jerusalem: Clashes at holy site leave several injured

An Israeli soldier takes aim at Palestinian protesters while a photojournalist takes pictures next to him, both behind cover, during clashes following a weekly protest against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kfar Qaddum near the Jewish settlement of Qadumim (Kedumim), in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Sunday marked the start of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday and thousands of Palestinians prayed at the Al-Aqsa mosque.

"I deplore the continued Arab and worldwide silence over Israel's crimes at the al-Aqsa mosque, specifically in Eid al-Adha", the foreign minister added.

Israeli security forces and Palestinian worshippers clashed at the al-Aqsa compound on Sunday as overlapping Jewish and Muslim holidays led to tensions there, which resulted in the wounding of 61 Palestinians.

"The gate was opened, but no non-Muslims were allowed in".

However, Israeli settlers who regularly enter the compound often perform Jewish prayers on the site.

Extremist Jewish organisations, known widely as Temple Mount groups, had called for massive raids on the Al-Aqsa during this week.

"We are tracking Israel's steps", said Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.

Palestinians said 40 Muslim worshipers were injured, including PLO Executive Committee member Adnan Husseini, who previously served as Palestinian Authority Minister for Jerusalem Affairs, and Abdel Azim Salhab, Chairman of the Wakf Council in east Jerusalem.

The compound is situated in a part of Jerusalem captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed in a move that has not been recognized internationally.

Gaza's Health Ministry says a 26-year-old Palestinian was killed after exchanging fire with Israeli troops along the perimeter fence surrounding the coastal territory.

During the incident, an Israeli tank also targeted a Hamas military post in the area, the army said, adding there were no casualties or damage on the Israeli side.

IDF salutes the soldiers who monitor the Gaza border, and specifically the one who spotted four armed terrorists infiltrating in an attempt to carry out a lethal attack.

Hamas is a terror group that rules the Gaza Strip and has vowed to destroy Israel.

He said Israeli soldiers opened fire when the terrorists tried to climb the fence, and that the terrorists returned fire before being killed.

Associated Press writer Fares Akram in Gaza City, Gaza Strip contributed.

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