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Israeli Police, Palestinians Clash at Jerusalem Shrine


Israeli police clashed Monday with Palestinians throwing rocks and stones at Jews outside a contested shrine in East Jerusalem.

Police used stun grenades to disperse hundreds of Palestinians at the shrine, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. The violence came during Israel's annual celebration of its capture of Arab East Jerusalem in the 1967 war. Police say two visitors were slightly injured.

Israeli radio said local Muslim religious authorities appealed for calm and urged Palestinians to avoid violence.

Palestinian leaders have warned that visits to the shrine by right-wing Israelis seeking to derail Israel's upcoming withdrawal from the Gaza Strip could trigger violence.

A huge Israeli-Palestinian confrontation at the shrine in 2000, triggered by a visit from Israel's Ariel Sharon, sparked a four-year Palestinian uprising.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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