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In photos: Tensions flare at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem

Sept. 14, 2015 2:43 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 15, 2015 7:29 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces and Palestinians clashed for the second consecutive day at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday, a day after Israeli police surrounded worshipers inside the mosque itself and fired stun grenades and tear gas inside.

Tensions have been rising in recent weeks amid visits to the site by Israelis under armed guard and restrictions on Palestinian school children and women entering the holy site.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon last week outlawed two Palestinian groups that confront Jewish visitors to the compound, further fueling tensions.

The third holiest site in Islam, the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is also venerated as Judaism's most holy place as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood.

Following Israel's occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967, Israel has maintained an agreement with the Islamic trust that controls the Al-Aqsa compound not to allow non-Muslim prayer in the area.

A Palestinian woman holds a copy of the Koran as she confronts an Israeli soldier outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, Sept. 10, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

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Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces blocking a road leading to the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City on September 13, 2015 AFP Ahmad Gharabli

A Palestinian takes a burnt carpet out of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City during clashes at the compound on September 13, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

A Palestinian woman shows rubber bullets reportedly used by Israeli riot police outside the Dome of Rock at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City after clashes erupted at the compound between Palestinians and Israeli police on September 13, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

A Palestinian youth is evacuated after being injured during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque on September 13, 2015 (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

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