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After 3 days of clashes, relative calm returns to contentious Jerusalem holy site

  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas makes comments to journalists on the ongoing unrest at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Abbas condemned the clashes in particularly harsh language, insisting that none of Jerusalem's holy sites belonged to Israel. The site is revered by both Muslims and Jews and is a frequent flashpoint for tensions.  (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas makes comments to journalists on the ongoing unrest at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Abbas condemned the clashes in particularly harsh language, insisting that none of Jerusalem's holy sites belonged to Israel. The site is revered by both Muslims and Jews and is a frequent flashpoint for tensions. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas comments, during a meeting with religious and political personalities from Jerusalem, on the ongoing unrest at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Abbas condemned the clashes in particularly harsh language, insisting that none of Jerusalem's holy sites belonged to Israel. The site is known to Jews as the Temple Mount, site of the two biblical Jewish temples. Muslims revere it as the Noble Sanctuary, where they believe the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.  (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas comments, during a meeting with religious and political personalities from Jerusalem, on the ongoing unrest at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Abbas condemned the clashes in particularly harsh language, insisting that none of Jerusalem's holy sites belonged to Israel. The site is known to Jews as the Temple Mount, site of the two biblical Jewish temples. Muslims revere it as the Noble Sanctuary, where they believe the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, August 19, 2015 file photo, Mazoza Allan, left, and Amid Allan, mother and a brother of Mohammed Allan, a Palestinian prisoner who was then on a hunger strike, wait outside Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon, southern, Israel. Israeli authorities detained Mohammed Allan without charges on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, just hours after he was discharged from the Barzilai hospital following a two-month hunger strike to protest his earlier detention without charges. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, August 19, 2015 file photo, Mazoza Allan, left, and Amid Allan, mother and a brother of Mohammed Allan, a Palestinian prisoner who was then on a hunger strike, wait outside Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon, southern, Israel. Israeli authorities detained Mohammed Allan without charges on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, just hours after he was discharged from the Barzilai hospital following a two-month hunger strike to protest his earlier detention without charges. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, File)  (The Associated Press)

After three days of clashes between Muslims and Israeli forces at a contentious Jerusalem holy site, quiet has returned to the hilltop compound.

Israeli armed forces deployed heavily early Wednesday at the entrance to the compound and adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where Muslim demonstrators clashed with Israeli forces over the last three days during a Jewish holiday. Police appeared cautious not to inflame the situation by getting too close to the mosque.

Fifteen religious Jewish visitors toured the site early Wednesday, accompanied by Muslim authorities who administer the compound and an Israeli officer. The site is revered by both Muslims and Jews and is a frequent flashpoint for tensions.

Jews are permitted to visit the hilltop compound, known to them as the Temple Mount, but banned from praying there.