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Israeli police clash with Palestinians at Al-Aqsa mosque

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Israeli forces enter the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on March 8, 2013. Clashes erupted between Palestinian worshipers and Israeli forces during Friday prayers.

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Palestinians react to tear gas fired by Israeli police during clashes after Friday prayers at a compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City on March 8, 2013.

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An Israeli police officer falls, engulfed in flames after Palestinian protesters threw firebombs during clashes in Jerusalem's Old City on March 8, 2013.

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A Palestinian man is detained by Israeli security forces in Jerusalem's Old City on March 8, 2013.

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A Palestinian woman covers her face as a stun grenade fired by Israeli police explodes nearby during clashes in Jerusalem's Old City on March 8, 2013.

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A Palestinian man argues with Israeli police in the Old City of Jerusalem on March 8, 2013.

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A Palestinian street vendor walks past Israeli security forces in Jerusalem's Old City on March 8, 2013.

By Lawahez Jabari, Producer, NBC News

TEL AVIV, Israel - Dozens of Israeli security officers and Palestinian worshipers clashed at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem on Friday, amid rising tensions ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama. 

Al-Aqsa is one of Islam's holiest sites. It is also revered by Jews as the site of their Biblical temple.

Some have blamed a 2000 visit to the area by then-Likud leader Ariel Sharon and Israeli security forces for helping to spark the Palestinians' Second Uprising -- or Intifada. Read the full story.

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