Israeli police assault worshippers in Al-Aqsa

Jordan condemns Israeli assaults on Al Aqsa worshippers

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There were no injuries reported from the firebombing. Four Palestinians, including two women, were arrested.The Israeli military closed all the doors of al-Aqsa and expelled the worshipers after beating them with sticks.In the West Bank, the Israeli military killed a young Palestinian man by accusing him of wanting to carry out a martyrdom operation.Israeli media published an image of this young Palestinian shot with a bullet in his chest.

Tensions in the holy compound in Jerusalem, part of the eastern sector of the city captured by Israel in a 1967 war, have risen in recent weeks after the site's Muslim administrators reopened a mosque sealed by Israel during a Palestinian uprising in 2003. Nineteen people were arrested after the incident as violent clashes erupted between Muslim worshipers and Israeli forces as they evacuated the holy site to conduct searches.

Police also restricted entrance to the Old City, home to Jerusalem's most important religious sites, allowing only residents to pass through certain entrances to the Muslim and Christian quarters.

The Israelis then shut the compound's gates and prevented Palestinians from entering the Old City through the Damascus Gate, a major entrance to the ancient walled area.

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Scuffles broke out at the complex between Israeli police and Palestinians.

After the sanctuaries were temporarily closed, several dozen worshippers gathered just outside the compound for impromptu prayers, as Israeli police stood watch. It said no soldiers were injured.

The U.N. Mideast envoy, Nickolay Mladenov, urged both sides to "respect the status quo" at the holy esplanade and exercise restraint "to avoid inflaming an already tense situation".

Abbas denounced the "dangerous Israeli escalation" and warned of "serious repercussions". In a statement, he called on the worldwide community to intervene. Both the Waqf and Jordanian authorities would like to see the ancient area at Islam's third holiest site repaired, but Israel does not want to risk relinquishing control over spot, which is prone to heightened security threats due to its significance in both Islam and Judaism.

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He noted that the events that took place at the holy site are a serious violation to all global conventions, laws and norms, stressing the inviolability and sanctity of Al Aqsa of all Muslims.

Meanwhile Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called on "the whole world to react to Israel's brazen attacks on our scared land". "We will continue to act to restore calm on the [Temple Mount]".

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Earlier Tuesday, a Jerusalem-district court rejected the state's request to close the flashpoint to allow Israel and Jordan to exhaust negotiation efforts.

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