Palestinians and Israeli police clash in Jerusalem's Old City where tensions over access to the al-Aqsa compound - the sacred plaza known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary - have stoked fears of a new Palestinian uprising. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Israeli forces continued to clash with Palestinians in Jerusalem's old city on Wednesday (November 5), drawing harsh condemnation from the Palestinian president's religious affairs advisor who warned of an escalation and a "religious war". Earlier, Israeli security forces entered the al-Aqsa compound, a sacred plaza known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, and clashed with Palestinian stone throwers. Israeli military police ran through the old city's cobblestone alleyways as Palestinians gathered to protest in yet another day of unrest in Jerusalem which has seen violent confrontations in recent weeks. Explosions echoed through the alleys as police threw several stun grenades to disperse the gathering and paramedics rushed to treat wounded amid billowing smoke. Earlier, Israeli security forces entered the al-Aqsa compound, a sacred plaza known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, and clashed with Palestinian stone throwers. Omar Alkeswani, a Palestinian manager of al-Aqsa, also said police entered al-Aqsa and that 20 people were wounded in the clash. But Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said police had entered the plaza and pushed back the stone throwers into the mosque and locked the door, but did not enter the mosque. The protesters threw firecrackers from inside the mosque, Rosenfeld said. Daily clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in the streets of East Jerusalem and the Old City compound have stoked fears of a new Palestinian Intifada, or uprising. The complex houses Islam's al Aqsa mosque and is where two biblical Jewish temples once stood.