Palestinians and Israeli Police Clash as Temple Mount Re-opens to Jewish Worshippers

Palestinians and Israeli police engaged in clashes at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem as the site reopened to the Jewish worshipers on early Thursday.

Israeli police said that dozens of Palestinians threw stones toward security forces while escorting the Jewish worshippers to the Temple.

Palestinian media reported the Israeli police used tear gas and rubber-tipped bullets to dispersed Palestinian worshippers inside Al-Aqsa mosque, in which dozens of people were wounded.

A spokesperson for Hamas group, Hazem Qassem in a statement said that Al-Aqsa mosque will remain “Islamic for the Arab and the Palestinians.”

Qaseem said that panic and confusion among police on Thursday was “evidence” of Israel’s failure in the fight against Palestinians.

This comes as on Wednesday Hamas group warned against allowing of Jewish worshippers to the site.  

“The Zionist authorities will bear full responsibility for a new escalation if they allow flocks of settlers to storm the courtyards of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque,” statement reads.

However, the Jewish groups say they plan to wave the Israeli flag and sing Israel’s National Anthem at the site to celebrate Israli’s 74th Independence Day today (Thursday).

The Palestinians and Israeli forces have clashed several times at the Temple Mount over the past few weeks.

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