Israeli police clash with Palestinians in al-Aqsa, kill one

Israeli police attacking Palestinian worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque, February 24, 2012
Israeli police have clashed with Palestinian worshipers at the holy site of al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), killling one and injuring at least 15 Palestinians.

Clashes broke out after Israeli police fired tear gas at and used stun grenades on hundreds of Palestinians who had gathered outside al-Aqsa Mosque following the Friday Prayers to protest against Israeli attacks on the holy site earlier this week.

Some reports, however, suggest that the attack came as Palestinians were praying. The clashes followed nearly a week of unrest at the holy site.

“We were praying when they started shooting tear gas towards us,” 58-year-old Umm Mohammad told AFP.

Four Palestinians were also arrested.

Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is one of the holiest sites in Islam, has been the scene of clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian worshipers since the occupation of Palestinian lands.

On Sunday, Israeli police attacked al-Aqsa Mosque and arrested at least 18 Palestinians after Jewish settlers clashed with Palestinian worshippers at the holy site.

Israeli troops also clashed with Palestinian worshipers in the area on Tuesday and Thursday.

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