Palestinians shout in front of Israeli security forces who block a road leading to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on September 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI
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Muslims clashed with Israeli police at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound Sunday hours before the start of the Jewish New Year, the latest violence over access to the site sacred to both faiths.Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas condemned what he called an Israeli police "attack" at the site, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said authorities must prevent rioting at the compound.Muslim witnesses said police entered the mosque, Islam's third-holiest site, and caused damage. According to police, the rioters had barricaded themselves in the mosque overnight with the aim of disrupting visits by Jews to the site ahead of the start of New Year celebrations on Sunday evening.Authorities said they raided the compound at around 6:45 a.m. (0345 GMT) to ensure visits to the site could go on as usual. The mosque compound is the site of frequent clashes.In late July, Israeli police entered Al-Aqsa as they clashed with Muslims angered by Jews' access to the compound on an annual day of Jewish mourning.
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