Israel ends ban on Jewish worshippers at Temple Mount for Tisha B'Av

Israel ends ban on Jewish worshippers at Temple Mount for Tisha B'Av

Israel on Sunday morning reversed its decision to bar Jews from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Tisha B'Av, the Jewish day of mourning for the destruction of the biblical temples that once stood at the site, Ynetnews reported.

The initial decision to prevent Jews from ascending to the Mount was made in light of the fact that the fast day coincided with the Muslim festival of Eid al Adha and tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers were due at the site, which is also holy to Islam.

A short time earlier, major clashes erupted between Muslim worshippers and Israeli security forces at the Temple Mount, where large numbers had gathered to mark Eid.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque was closed as a result of the clashes and police began dispersing the worshippers using stun grenades. 

Palestinian medics said at least 14 people were wounded, one seriously, in the skirmishes with police at the site.

Police said at least four officers were wounded, while witnesses said at least two people were arrested.

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