Agence France Presse
JERUSALEM: Clashes erupted between Israeli police and Palestinian nationals at a sensitive Jerusalem
holy site Thursday as thousands of Muslim worshipers entered to end a boycott of the compound over
new Israeli security measures.
An AFP correspondent witnessed the clashes
erupt shortly after the worshippers entered.
The Palestinian Red Crescent
reported 100 people wounded both inside the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple
Mount, and in the immediate area.
The reasons for the clashes inside the
compound were not immediately clear.
Outside, clashes also broke out when a
group of Israeli policemen walked in the middle of a crowd. Palestinian nationals threw plastic
bottles and Israeli forces fired stun grenades.
Thousands of worshippers
had earlier streamed into the compound for afternoon prayers, ending a boycott after Israel removed
controversial new security measures, installed after a July 14 attack killed two
The site includes the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the
Muslim worshipers had refused to enter the compound and prayed in the
streets outside after Israel installed the new security
Palestinian nationals viewed the move as Israel asserting further
control over the site.
Israeli authorities said the measures, including
metal detectors, were needed because the July 14 attackers smuggled guns into the compound and
emerged from it to attack the officers.
Deadly unrest erupted in the days
after the new measures were introduced, with clashes breaking out around the compound and in the
occupied West Bank, leaving five Palestinians dead.
A Palestinian national
also broke into a home in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank last week and stabbed four
Israeli nationals, killing three of them.