Israel police clash with Palestinians at holy site

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police say officers scuffled with Palestinians who threw rocks from the most contentious holy site in Jerusalem.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said clashes erupted when hundreds of Palestinians exiting Friday prayers threw rocks at police officers stationed nearby.

He said officers deployed non-lethal riot control gear. Police arrested four Palestinians and 11 officers were lightly hurt. A Palestinian official said dozens were treated for tear gas inhalation.

The site is the location of the two Jewish temples in biblical times and now houses the Al-Aqsa mosque. Violence at the site in the past has erupted into deadly battles.

Earlier this week Palestinians inside the mosque threw rocks at a group of Christian tourists.