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Tension at Al-Aqsa compound as Muslim, Jewish festivals overlap

Israeli police have fired tear gas, rubber bullets and sound grenades to clear Palestinian worshippers from the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, a flashpoint of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Thousands of Palestinians gathered at the mosque for the first day of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha on Sunday.
The day coincided with the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av, which typically sees an increase in Jewish visitors to the holy site.

The trouble began on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, when right-wing Jewish groups demanded access to the site.


Israeli police have fired tear gas, rubber bullets and sound grenades to clear Palestinian worshippers from the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, a flashpoint of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Thousands of Palestinians gathered at the mosque for the first day of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha on Sunday. The day coincided with the Jewish holiday of Tisha B'Av, which typically sees an increase in Jewish visitors to the holy site. The trouble began on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, when right-wing Jewish groups demanded access to the site.

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