Copy of 305027-01-08-1565509631861
Israeli occupation forces arrive at Al Haram Al Sharif in the Old City of Jerusalem on August 11, 2019, as clashes broke out during the overlapping Jewish and Muslim holidays of Eid al-Adha and the Tisha B'av holiday inside the historic compound which is considered the third-holiest site in Islam. Image Credit: AFP

Occupied Jerusalem: Israeli police and Palestinian worshippers clashed at a flashpoint Occupied Jerusalem holy site on Sunday as overlapping Jewish and Muslim holidays led to tensions there, an AFP journalist reported.

Copy of 305034-01-08-1565509634658
More of the clashes Image Credit: AFP

Police fired sound grenades as Palestinian protests intensified at the highly sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque compound, known to Muslims as Al Haram Al Sharif--Islam’s third holiest site.

The Palestinian Red Crescent reported injuries without specifying a number.

Copy of 305026-01-08-1565509628062
More of the clashes Image Credit: AFP

Sunday marked the start of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday and thousands of Palestinians prayed at the Al-Aqsa mosque.

It coincided with the Jewish Tisha B’av holiday, which typically sees an increase in Jewish visits to the holy site. In a bid to ease tensions, police barred Jewish visits to the site on Sunday but Muslim worshippers still feared they would be allowed in and protested there. The clashes with police broke out afterward.

Copy of Israel_Palestinians_53409.jpg-7c55a~1-1565509624306
More of the clashes Image Credit: AFP

Al Haram Al Sharif, which includes the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, is one of the most sensitive sites in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Copy of 305039-01-08-1565509637705
more of the clashes Image Credit: AFP

It is located in east Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in the 1967 War and later annexed in a move never recognised by the international community.

Under a status quo agreement Jews are allowed to visit but not pray there to avoid provoking tensions.