Tension at Jerusalem holy site as Muslim and Jewish festivals coincide


Israeli police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and sound grenades on Sunday to clear Palestinian worshippers from a holy site in East Jerusalem, following a standoff at one of the gates.

Thousands of Palestinians had gathered at what they call Al-Aqsa mosque for the first day of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha on Sunday.

The day coincided with the Jewish holiday of Tisha B'Av, which often sees an increase in Jewish visitors to the holy site which they refer to as the Temple Mount.

Police had reportedly barred Jewish visits to the site on Sunday, but Muslim worshippers still feared they would be allowed in and protested there.