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What is the cause of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over Al-Aqsa?

Palestinian protesters clashed again with Israeli police on the grounds of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, killing at least 20 people, AFP reported.

Israeli police reportedly raided the area after Fajr prayers on Sunday, local time. At that time there were clashes between the Palestinians. News from the BBC.

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Earlier on Friday, 152 Palestinians were injured in an Israeli police raid on the Al Aqsa Mosque compound. About 300 Palestinians have been detained.

Why Al-Aqsa is an issue of contention

Al-Aqsa Mosque, historically considered an important holy site for both Muslims and Jews, has historically been a point of contention.

Both religions claim it as their own.

The mosque precinct is known to Muslims as Haram-al-Sharif.

Jews call the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surroundings the “Temple Mount” and for them it is the holiest site in the world.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry has warned of an Israeli police raid on a mosque and said “they (Israel) are directly and fully responsible for this crime and its consequences.”

Several groups called on thousands of Palestinians to gather there on Friday to “defend the Palestinian state and its holy mosque.” After that there was a clash.

Israeli security forces have stepped up operations and clashes in the occupied West Bank in recent times.

This is the fourth time in two weeks that Palestinians and Israeli Arabs have attacked Israelis.

News agency AFP reports that Jews were seen leaving Al-Aqsa Square amid police cordon on Sunday in a tense situation.

The escalation of the Israeli operation is likely to escalate into a full-blown conflict.

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