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Israeli police enter holy site 'to disperse riot'

Israeli riot police check the ID as they arrest a Palestinian inside the Al Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem on April 14, 2014, as Israeli police limited Muslim access to Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, fearing new violence after clashes at the weekend. Five people were arrested by Israeli police. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI

JERUSALEM: Israeli police say they have stormed a Jerusalem holy site to disperse a riot.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says Palestinian rioters hurled stones and firecrackers on Wednesday from atop the compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.

Rosenfeld says police then entered the site and dispersed the rioters with tear gas and other non-lethal means.

The compound is known to Muslims as the "Noble Sanctuary" and is Islam's third-holiest site. Israel captured the area from Jordan in the 1967 war.

Clashes often erupt after Muslims conclude their prayers at the site.

Jews typically pray below at the Western Wall but tensions have grown lately with an increased number of Jews arriving to pray at the Temple Mount as well.

 

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