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French tourist attacked at Jerusalem holy site after waving flag

Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

A French tourist in Jerusalem was assaulted by four Palestinians on Tuesday after waving an Israeli flag at one of Islam's holiest sites, and the holiest for Jews.


The attack happened at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, also known as Temple Mount, police reported.

The man, who had minor head wounds, was detained in Jerusalem and faces potential charges of disrupting the public order.

Police also detained the four men suspected of assaulting the tourist, identified as residents of Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem.

The mosque complex, which non-Muslims are allowed to visit, sees frequent clashes between police and Palestinians over Jewish visits that are perceived to be attempts to gain full control over the site, which is currently under Jordanian custodianship.


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