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Dozens injured in clashes at Jerusalem holy site

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Police: Palestinian youths were throwing rocks and injured three officers
  • Compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram Al-Sharif
  • At least the second time this week clashes had erupted in the city

Jerusalem (CNN) -- Dozens of people were injured during clashes Friday between Israeli police and Palestinian youths in east Jerusalem at one of the city's holiest sites.

The incident occurred at and around the Al Aqsa mosque, a Jerusalem police spokesman said. Palestinian youths were throwing rocks and injured three officers, the spokesman said.

Officers responded by spraying tear gas and shooting rubber bullets at the protesters, police said.

Shadee al-Jaberi, a doctor who came to the scene, said he saw 60 people injured in the melee. Fifteen of them suffered serious head injuries.

This was at least the second time this week clashes had erupted around the compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram Al-Sharif.

In October, clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at the site led to the arrest of dozens of Palestinians.

CNN's Michal Zippori and Kevin Flower contributed to this report.

 
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