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Stone-throwing worshipers are scuffling with Israeli police at a revered mosque, and witnesses say police have been using stun grenades and tear gas. Police report several people have been injured on both sides.
Eyewitnesses stated that massive Israeli forces invaded the main yard of the mosque and started to fire live rounds, tear gas and sound bombs at the civilians shortly after the Friday prayers finished.
Medical sources reported a number of injuries due to gas inhalation, and fractures due to the usage of excusive force against civilians.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of angry Islamic worshippers threw stones and scuffled with police on Friday in an eruption of outrage over contentious Israeli renovation work at a disputed Old City holy site.
About 200 police streamed on to the hilltop compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount, to try to quell the violence, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. Witnesses said police hurled stun grenades
The clashes started as part of the protests against the controversial digging around al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.
The protesters clashed with police, who used stun grenades to control the crowd. The BBC said tear gas and rubber bullets were also wielded by police, who made a number of arrests during the clashes.
The mayor of Jerusalem has decided to suspend renovations near the revered Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the city's Old Town that have sparked violent clashes between Palestinian protestors and police, Israeli military radio reported.
Jerusalem mayor to consult on holy site plans
Israeli media reports said that in practice, the decision to hold hearings on the project would ensure that mechanical digging equipment -- whose presence raised Arab ire -- would be removed from the area.
"The Israelis have not stopped digging, they simply completed the phase of digging using bulldozers," said Rafiq Husseini, chief of staff to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. "The digging must stop in order to create a positive atmosphere for reviving the peace process."
"That cursed Israel is trying to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque," claimed Mohammed el-Katani. "Nothing will work with Israel except for a nuclear bomb that wipes it out of existence."
Israel drops construction plan near al-Aqsa Mosque
Israel decided on Tuesday to give up building a new bridge near Islam's third holiest shrine of al-Aqsa Mosque following protests of Muslim and Arab countries, local media reported.
Originally posted by XphilesPhan
Anyway, the prophecy states that there will be a third temple(jewish) erected on the temple mount and that will signal the end times. Id imagine the al aqsa mosque is destroyed before this prophecy can be fulfilled.
Webcams broadcast Israeli dig
Streaming video of several angles of the dig site were seen on Israel's Antiquities Authority's website www.antiquities.org.il... .
Turkey to Inspect Jerusalem Holy Site
Mr. Olmert stated that Israel has "nothing to hide" about the work being done at the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. He presented photos of the repair work on an entry ramp and archaeological excavations, which he said is taking place outside the compound area.
UNESCO claims digging does not harm Temple Mount
While the four-member team that compiled the report stated that the excavation does not cause damage, Israeli officials feels the report sends “mixed messages” as UNESCO says one thing and writes another.
UNESCO spokeswoman Sue Williams said the organization would not comment on the report until after the executive board meeting that is slated for April 10.