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Clashes erupt at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque
Clashes erupt at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque

Israeli police briefly entered the mosque during those clashes to shut the doors and lock rioters inside.

World Bulletin / News Desk

Clashes broke out on Sunday at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque, one of Islam's holiest sites, two days after a Palestinian toddler was burned alive in a firebombing by suspected Jewish extremists.

Police said masked Palestinian youths at the mosque threw stones at security forces while protesters held aloft photographs of the 18-month-old child killed in Friday's arson attack in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli media reported that security forces later sought to create a barrier between the stone-throwers and tourists visiting the mosque complex, the third holiest site in Islam and the holiest for Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount.

Calm began to return to the hilltop complex in Jerusalem's Old City later in the morning, an AFP photographer reported.

A wave of protests has swept the Palestinian territories since Friday's firebombing, which also critically wounded the toddler's four-year-old brother and parents. 



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