BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian worshipers at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Friday, Israeli police said.
Dozens of Israeli officers entered the politically sensitive area, one of Islam's holiest sites, after several hundred protesters threw rocks and two firebombs at them following Friday prayers.
Israeli forces responded with riot dispersal means, Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told Ma'an, and the area is now calm, although there is a heavy police presence in the vicinity.
Six Israeli police officers were injured by rocks. No Palestinians were injured or arrested during the clashes, Rosenfeld added.
Local sources told Ma'an that seven people were shot in the head with rubber bullets and two women assaulted by Israeli forces.
Human rights activist Muhammad Qarain told Ma'an that two journalists, Ata Oweisat and Mahfouth al-Turk, were wounded in the clashes.
A number of medics were also wounded while treating people in the area, the Palestinian Medical Relief Society said, and paramedic Obada Qawasmeh was arrested by Israeli forces.
The compound, containing the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, is the third holiest site in Islam and abuts the site where Jews believe the ancient Second Temple stood, attracting the far-right to pose the rebuilding of the Jewish site on the sanctuary.