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Israeli police officers, over 300 Palestinians injured in latest protests at Jerusalem holy site

The conflict comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramada and the Israeli holiday of Jerusalem Day.

Updated: May 10, 2021 - 1:00pm

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Roughly 20 Israeli police officers and over 300 Palestinians were injured Monday during a clash at a holy site for Jews and Muslims in Jerusalem.

Israeli police fired tear gas and rubber bullets into Al-Aqsa Mosque, a holy site for Muslims after Palestinians hurled stones at police and Israelis praying at the nearby Western Wall, a holy place where Jews pray, according to The Associated Press.

Palestinian protesters had barricaded themselves within the holy compound with wooden boards and scrap metal and began throwing stones at the police stationed outside, the wire service also reports

Israeli Foreign Ministry tweeted a video of protesters inside the mosque barricading the entrances and stockpile stones, which were then shown to be thrown at Israelis. In another tweet, they claimed Hamas incited the riots.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "extremist Palestinians planned well in advance to carry out riots" and that Israeli police were protecting the rights of Jews and other Muslims to worship peacefully.

On the same day, a group of Palestinians assaulted a Jewish bus driver with rocks before police intervened, according to the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

The conflict comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramada and the Israeli holiday of Jerusalem Day.