World Bulletin/News Desk
Israeli police have temporarily barred Israeli Jews and tourists from entering the Al-Aqsa holy site.
Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the ban, announced Thursday, is a precaution.
Clashes broke out on Wednesday around the Al-Aqsa mosque compound as Israeli rightists tried to enter the holy site during the 65th anniversary of the Nakba, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced from their homes and into exile in 1948.
Witnesses told Ma'an that 17 Israelis tried to enter the compound area via Chain Gate, before local Palestinians obstructed them.
A group of Israeli rightists and Palestinians began pushing each other, before Israeli forces intervened to protect the Israelis, witnesses said.
Rosenfeld said the site remains open for Muslims and will reopen for others after security assessments.
Palestinians see Israeli moves toward Al Aqsa as provocations.
An Israeli organization called Temple Mount Organizations published invitations on their Facebook page encouraging Israelis to force themselves into the Al-Aqsa compound on Nakba Day for the religious holiday of Shavuot.Last Mod: 16 Mayıs 2013, 16:22