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Video: Israeli police climb atop holy site of Al-Aqsa, clashes erupt for third day

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Its a third straight day when unarmed Palestinians clash with Israeli forces at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque. Israeli forces were seen on the roof of the holy site.

According to Al-Jazeera report, the president of Jerusalem’s Affairs Department, Suleiman Ahmad who is currently at the scene told that at least 17 Palestinians were injured in the clashes early on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the United States on Monday condemned “all acts of violence” at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa compound where Muslims and Israeli police clashed for a third straight day.

“The United States is deeply concerned by the recent violence and escalating tensions surrounding the Haram al-Sharif Temple Mount. We strongly condemn all acts of violence,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said, calling on all sides to exercise restraint.

Muslims have barricaded themselves inside Al-Aqsa amid protests over access to the site, venerated by Jews as the Temple Mount.

Israeli security forces entered the compound early on Monday to prevent Muslim youths from harassing visiting youths.

Booms could be heard outside the gates to the hillside complex, and police said masked youths threw stones at them as they entered Islam’s third holiest site.

“It is absolutely critical that all sides exercise restraint, refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric and preserve unchanged the historic status quo on the Haram al-Sharif Temple Mount, in word and in practice,” Kirby said.

With Agencies input