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Dozens hurt in Jerusalem clashes

Injured policwe officer carried away 05.03.10
Reports said several police officers were among those hurt

Palestinians and Israeli police have clashed near the Jerusalem compound housing the al-Aqsa mosque, leaving dozens of people injured.

A large group of Palestinians left Friday prayers and began marching to the mosque, carrying banners and waving green flags, witnesses and police said.

Police tried to disperse the crowd - some of whom were throwing stones - using stun grenades and tear gas.

It is the latest in a series of clashes amid tensions over religious sites.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz said 15 police officers and dozens of Palestinians had been hurt.

Clashes also broke out in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, leaving a 14-year-old boy seriously hurt, AP news agency reported.

The Jerusalem complex is known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount, and has long been contested.

The recent violence has been triggered by Israel's decision to add two shrines in the occupied West Bank to its list of national heritage sites.

US Middle East envoy George Mitchell is due to arrive in the region over the weekend to try to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Palestinians have said negotiations are futile while Israel insists on expanding Jewish settlements on occupied land.



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