Israeli forces clash with Palestinian stone-throwers on Yom Yerushalayim
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Israeli forces clash with Palestinian stone-throwers on Yom Yerushalayim

Police say Muslim worshippers hurled stones and chairs as the country marked the capture of Jerusalem in 1967

Israeli police officers take positions during clashes with Palestinians by the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city, Sunday, June 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Israeli police officers take positions during clashes with Palestinians by the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city, Sunday, June 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Israeli police say security forces have clashed with Muslim worshippers at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says Palestinians hurled stones and chairs at forces on Sunday, an Israeli holiday celebrating the capture of the Old City during the 1967 Middle East war.

The incident came after Israeli nationalists visited the contested site, revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

Tensions run high on Jerusalem Day, which this year falls toward the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Two days earlier, police say a Palestinian stabbed two Israelis in the Old City before being killed.

Israelis are to hold an annual march through the Old City, and police say they are on high alert to avoid violence.

Israeli police officers arrest a Palestinian during clashes with Palestinians by the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s old city, Sunday, June 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
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