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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 following a standoff at one of the gates to the site.

Thousands of Palestinians had 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 visits to the holy site.

In a bid to ease tensions, police barred Jewish visits to the site on Sunday but Muslim worshippers still feared they would be allowed in and protested there.

It’s yet to be decided whether Jewish worshippers will be allowed into the compound, which is the flashpoint of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

It is the holiest site for Jews and the third holiest for Muslims.

More soon… 

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