Clashes as Jews try to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque

Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, director of the Islamic Endowment at al-Aqsa told Palestinian media that Israeli police are trying to impose a new status quo on al-Aqsa, by allowing settlers to enter mosque in the last ten days of Ramadan, in which some Muslims stay at al-Aqsa to pray for long periods of time.

Badran added that the Israeli aggressions, which have severely hurt the feelings of Muslims, are "a real test of patience" against the relentless assault on Palestinians and the mosque.

He called on the worldwide community to hold Israel accountable for their actions and to pressure Israel to comply with global conventions as an occupying force responsible for protecting religious sites.

Three South African citizens were arrested by Israeli forces in East Jerusalem, the human rights and Palestine solidarity organisation BDS South Africa claimed on Sunday.

Israeli authorities announced Tuesday they were closing Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound to non-Muslim visitors after a series of clashes between worshippers and police.

Islamic officials accused Israeli authorities of breaking a tacit agreement on non-Muslim access to the site during the last 10 days of Ramadan.

"Leaders on both sides need to urgently take concrete steps to restore hope and a political horizon so that the Israeli and Palestinian people see a pathway to peace, not a quagmire of recurring violence", Ban said.

The Israeli soldiers attacked thePalestinian worshipers - who protested the desecration of the mosque - firing teargas and rubber-coated steel bullets.

She added Israeli police officers "suppressed the stone throwers using riot dispersal means".

The site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is located in east Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in 1967 and later annexed in a move never recognised by the worldwide community.

Violence since October has killed around 210 Palestinians, at least 32 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese.

They said Israel and Turkey have reached an agreement to fix ties after six years of strained relations over a deadly Israeli raid on a Turkish ship delivering aid to Gaza in 2010.

They said they were taken by surprise at the appearance of the visitors and a group of Muslim youths protested, before retreating to Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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