Israeli police and Palestinian worshipers clashed at a flash-point Jerusalem holy site on Sunday as overlapping Jewish and Muslim holidays led to tensions there.
In an effort to avoid friction at the site, police barred the entry of non-Muslim visitors, including Jews, before the clashes erupted.
The clashes come at a time of heightened tensions between Israel and Palestine, just days after an Israeli soldier was killed south of Jerusalem. Sufian al-Qudah, a spokesman for the Jordanian Foreign Ministry, said Amman holds Israel completely responsible for the violence. Footage of the clashes showed police firing tear gas and employing other riot-control weapons against Palestinians at the site.
The terror group cancelled this Friday's protest because of the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. "The occupation authorities' absurd actions and attempts to change the status quo in occupied Jerusalem will only lead to the conflict being exacerbated and the situation blowing up, threatening worldwide peace and security".
The police said that Jerusalem District Commander Doron Yedid subsequently ordered forces to clear those rioting on the Temple Mount with "dispersal means".
Four officers were injured, as well several Muslim and Jewish worshipers in the event.
Jews are allowed to visit the compound but not pray there.
Most ultra-Orthodox rabbis, such as Yosef, and many religious-Zionist rabbis, prohibit Jews from going to the Temple Mount out of concern that they will stray into areas which Jewish law says are off-limits without the requisite purification ceremonies that are unavailable today.
"International justice is one-eyed and the justice that is not won through global laws will be taken through the resilience and resistance of the peoples", Bassil went on to say. But it is also Tisha B'av, the day when Jews commemorate the destruction of the first and second Temples on the same site. Israel originally said Jews would not be allowed to go up to the Temple Mount, but later changed their mind.
Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassim said that the terror group "salutes our Palestinian people that confronted the settler raids on the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the first day of the holiday". Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since 2007, said the attack was an "individual act" carried out by youths frustrated at the Israeli-Egyptian blockade on Gaza and was not planned by the group.
"The crime shown in this photo was but one perpetrated on al-AQSA this morning-on our holy day", he said.