Israeli forces clash with Palestinians at Al-Aqsa mosque

Israeli forces have clashed with Palestinians in Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Friday.

Eyewitnesses reported an exchanging of tear gas and rocks between the two groups.

The Israeli troops entered the Haram al-Sharif (Noble Compound) after the Friday noon prayer - the most important and busiest time of the week - and fired tear and and sound grenades which citizen journalist said caused confusion amongst the large amount of worshipers.

Palestinian youths threw rocks at the forces in return. Haaretz reported that 4 Palestinians were arrested, and 11 Israeli policemen were lightly wounded.

On Tuesday, Israeli forces had detained three Palestinians at the religious compound when similar clashes broke out as two groups of Israelis toured the site. Two days earlier, police detained 21 Palestinians in the midst of confrontations at the site.

In the last few days, tensions at Al Aqsa have grown after a controversial far-right Israeli politician, Moshe Feiglin, tried to make a publicised visit to the site. Pamphlets were sent around the city asking for Israel to remove their 'enemies' which caused outrage.

The Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock is the third holiest site in Islam.

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