Israeli police clash with Palestinians at Jerusalem shrine

Clashes have erupted between Israeli police and Palestinian worshippers at a contested Jerusalem shrine shortly after the site reopened following an 11-day Muslim prayer boycott.

Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets as Palestinians threw stones inside the walled compound that is holy to Muslims and Jews.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said 37 Palestinians were hurt, including some by rubber bullets and beatings. It said several people suffered broken bones.

Israeli police said the police responded after stones were thrown at officers at the gates to the site.

The Red Crescent said tensions arose when Israeli troops closed one of the gates to the compound as large numbers of worshippers tried to enter.

The shrine had been at the centre of an Israeli-Palestinian stand-off over recent Israeli security installations at the site. Israel has removed the devices.


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