After Muslim worshippers briefly clashed with Israeli security forces at the flashpoint shrine, some hundreds of Jewish pilgrims visited a contested Jerusalem holy site under heavy police guard. No injuries were reported, but the incident again raised tensions at the hilltop compound revered by Jews and Muslims, AP News reported.
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Jews revere the site as the Temple Mount, where the biblical Temples once stood. It is the holiest site in Judaism. Today, it is home to the Al Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam. Tensions at the compound have frequently been observed over into violence over the years.
The Jews were visiting to mark Tisha B’Av, a day of mourning and repentance when Jews reflect on the destruction of the First and Second Temples, key events in Jewish history.
Ahead of the visit, Israeli police said a small group of Muslim youths threw rocks at security forces who quickly secured the area, AP News reported.