JERUSALEM: Israeli police closed the gates to Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al Aqsa mosque compound on Friday, after clashes erupted with Palestinian worshippers following midday prayers.
The Waqf, the religious authority that runs the mosque, confirmed the gates were closed after clashes broke out. Israeli police did not immediately comment.
Entry into and out of the mosque, which is Islam’s third holiest site, was banned.
The cause of the clashes was not immediately clear, but videos published by the Waqf showed police firing tear gas to disperse Palestinians.
The site also includes the Western Wall, the most sacred site where Jews are currently allowed to pray, and the Dome of the Rock.
It is one of the most fractious issues in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.