World

Police: Israel arrests 7 Palestinian suspects over latest violence at Jerusalem holy site

  • An Israeli border policeman confronts a Palestinian man during confrontations in the Old City of Jerusalem, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Palestinians clashed with Israeli riot police after barricading themselves in a mosque at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, throwing firebombs and rocks at officers outside during a major Jewish holiday on Monday. The hilltop compound in Jerusalem's Old City is a frequent flashpoint and its fate is a core issue at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

    An Israeli border policeman confronts a Palestinian man during confrontations in the Old City of Jerusalem, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Palestinians clashed with Israeli riot police after barricading themselves in a mosque at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, throwing firebombs and rocks at officers outside during a major Jewish holiday on Monday. The hilltop compound in Jerusalem's Old City is a frequent flashpoint and its fate is a core issue at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)  (The Associated Press)

  • Israeli security surround a wounded Palestinian as they are about to arrest him during clashes near Ramallah, West Bank, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. Palestinian demonstrators clashed with Israeli troops across the West Bank on Tuesday as tensions remained high following days of violence at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site, revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    Israeli security surround a wounded Palestinian as they are about to arrest him during clashes near Ramallah, West Bank, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. Palestinian demonstrators clashed with Israeli troops across the West Bank on Tuesday as tensions remained high following days of violence at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site, revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • Paramedics help a wounded wounded Palestinian during clashes with Israeli troops near Ramallah, West Bank, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. Palestinian demonstrators clashed with Israeli troops across the West Bank on Tuesday as tensions remained high following days of violence at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site, revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    Paramedics help a wounded wounded Palestinian during clashes with Israeli troops near Ramallah, West Bank, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. Palestinian demonstrators clashed with Israeli troops across the West Bank on Tuesday as tensions remained high following days of violence at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site, revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

Israeli police say they have arrested seven Palestinians over suspected involvement in violence at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site the previous day.

Spokeswoman Luba Samri said on Tuesday that the suspects were connected to Monday's riots in which Palestinians barricaded themselves inside a mosque at the site and then threw firebombs and rocks at officers outside during a major Jewish holiday.

The hilltop compound in Jerusalem's Old City is a frequent flashpoint and its fate is a core issue at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It's 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.

Recent violence at the site has raised worldwide fears of widespread unrest.