JERUSALEM – The Israeli military says it has dispersed some 300 stone-throwing Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank city of Hebron without injuries or arrests.
Friday's clash came amid roiling tensions in the area, mostly over Palestinian claims that Israel wants to change the status quo at a contested Jerusalem holy site by allowing Jewish prayer there.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denied that change is in the offing at the site, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and Jews at the Temple Mount, but some government ministers want the prayers allowed.
No serious incidents were reported there by Israeli police during prayers on Friday, which for the second week in a row were open to all Muslim worshippers regardless of age.
Muslims officials said 45,000 people attended the prayers.