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Arabs, Israeli Police Clash at Jerusalem Holy Site: Israel PD

Police received prior warnings that armed, masked Arab youths were barricading themselves inside a mosque, according to a spokesman

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    Arabs, Israeli Police Clash at Jerusalem Holy Site: Israel PD
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    In this Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 file photo, the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, known by the Jews as the Temple Mount, is seen in Jerusalem's Old City. Arab youths were allegedly planning an attack on Jews in the area, prompting clashes with police, an Israel Police spokesman said on Sunday, July 26, 2015.

    Israeli police say they entered a holy Jerusalem site to prevent Arab youths from attacking visiting Jews marking a biblical holiday.

    Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says police received prior warnings that masked Arab youths were barricading themselves inside the al-Aqsa Mosque armed with rocks and fire bombs. Rosenfeld says the youths planned to attack Jews visiting the area Sunday for Tisha B'Av — the Jewish holiday marking the destruction of ancient Hebrew temples.

    Rosenfeld says some officers were wounded as they pushed the youths back.

    Jews refer to the hilltop site — their holiest — as the Temple Mount. Muslims refer to it as the Noble Sanctuary. It is their third-holiest site, after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. The site is a flashpoint of tension between the faiths.