Palestinian worshippers clashed with Israeli police at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site on Sunday as an Israeli holiday coincided with the final days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Muslim worshippers at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound were angered over Jewish visits to the site holy to both religions, with some even taking to the dome of the mosque to shout Muslim slogans as the clash took place.
According to police, protesters barricaded themselves in the mosque, from where they threw chairs and stones at forces who 'dispersed' them but a Muslim organisations claimed that police chained the mosque doors.
Video footage appears to show a large crowd of people inside the building throwing objects towards the door as smoke bombs are launched into the room.
The Muslim Waqf organisation - which oversees the site - said police used rubber bullets and pepper spray, adding that seven people were arrested and 45 were wounded.
It said that police shut the mosque's doors and chained them.
After the clashes, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said calm had returned and visits continued.
Al-Aqsa mosque director Omar al-Kiswani accused Israel of violating an agreement not to allow such visits during the last days of Ramadan.
He said that around 1,200 Jews visited the site on Sunday, while a Jewish organisation that arranges visits there reported a similar number.
The clashes took place as Israelis marked Jerusalem Day, which commemorates the country's capture of the city's mainly Palestinian eastern sector in the 1967 Six-Day War.'
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