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Scores of Zionist Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa amid Tension

Palestinians perform prayer at Bab al Asbat after Israeli forces closed several entrances to Al Aqsa Mosque complex on Tuesday in occupied East Jerusalem

In a statement published on its website, Hamas urged Palestinians to uphold their inalienable right move in and out of the holy compound freely.

Palestinians see Israeli restrictions on the areas as an attempt to cut them from the rest of the Al-Aqsa compound, and turn it into a site where Jewish Israelis can pray. He added that he was in touch with Jordanian Islamic Waqf in charge of administering the holy site "to pressure the occupation's government" to put an end to the escalation.

All of the entrances to the Temple Mount were ordered closed following the attack to enable police to search for weapons.

Palestinian political groups said escalating tensions around Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, is a continuation of arbitrary policies of Israel against Palestinians.

The Temple Mount has always been a site of conflict for Israelis and Palestinians as it is of religious significance to Jews, Christians and Muslims. The incident took place near a military post in Hebron, a flashpoint city south of Jerusalem.

Israeli border police secure one of the entrances of the Temple Mount compound in the Old City of Jerusalem after closing the access to the site on March 12, 2019.

The Palestinian Presidency, meanwhile, has condemned the reported escalations.

According to Israeli media outlets, Netanyahu's remarks were made during a ceremony to sign an agreement with the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem to build 23,000 housing units in the city within the coming five years.

After the sanctuaries were temporarily closed, several dozen worshippers gathered just outside the compound for impromptu prayers, as Israeli police stood watch.

The statement called on the worldwide community to break its silence and to promote its positions from condemnation throughout leaflets and statements to practical actions by the United Nations resolution.

Video spread online of scuffles between police and Palestinians before the site was cleared.

Israel and Jordan are believed to be holding discussions to resolve the issue.

Haaretz reports that Israeli officials are working with Jordan to calm tensions.

There were also unverified reports of Israeli police entering the Dome of the Rock.

Access to the Golden Gate was closed in 2003 during the second Palestinian intifada over alleged militant activity there, police say.

The Waqf has repeatedly challenged the closure, convening and staging prayer-protests in the area, which often erupted into clashes with police.