Palestinians demonstrate holding posters in front of the United Nations (UN), demanding UN intervention against Israel's polices in the Israeli occupied West Bank, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ Abbas MOMANI
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Over 300 Jewish settlers Wednesday forced their way into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under the protection of Israeli police before the latter closed the area off to the settlers amid mounting tensions at the holy site.The settlers' entry into the area, which triggered clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian Muslim worshippers, represents "an unacceptable escalation," Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, director-general of the Organization for Muslim Endowments and Al-Aqsa Affairs (run by the Jordanian government), told Anadolu Agency.In a statement, the Israeli police said they had closed the compound to settlers following the clashes that had erupted at the site earlier between Palestinians and Israeli troops.
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