The news agency quoted the Palestinian Red Crescent society as saying it transported four people to hospital with injuries "from beating" and said "police attacked its crews at Bab al-Asbat and prevented them from being in the area".
The office of PA leader Mahmoud Abbas issued a statement Tuesday afternoon condemning the "dangerous Israeli escalation in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque" - a reference to the entire span of the Temple Mount compound - and calling on the global community to urgently intervene to force Israel to reopen the site after an Arab terror attack earlier in the day on the Israel Police station in the compound.
Head of the public relations office at the Islamic Endowment Department, Firas al-Dibs, confirmed that Israeli forces physically assaulted several employees from the Islamic Endowment Department, in addition to the director of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani.
Residents said police were also restricting Palestinian access to Jerusalem's Old City, where the site is located.
The closure of the sacred compound also drew censure from Jordan, the custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem.
Worshippers later prayed outside the locked gates of the site in protest. Abdul Nasser Abu Basal, Jordanian Minister of Islamic Affairs and Holy Sites, described the barring of Muslim worshippers from the site as "a flagrant assault on all religious values, rights and freedom", and "an attack on all Muslims that touches the entire Islamic nation".
The compound is the third-holiest site in Islam and a focus of Palestinian aspirations for statehood.
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Jews are allowed to visit but can not pray there and it is a frequent scene of tension.
He has also called on the worldwide community to intervene, accusing Israeli police and settlers of "consistently violating the sanctity of the mosque and provoking the sentiments of Muslims".
In recent weeks Bab al-Rahmeh and Bab al-Tawbeh have been used by Palestinian Muslims as areas to pray, with prayer carpets laid on the ground.
Palestinian worshippers have been entering the site despite an Israeli order that it should stay closed. The area was closed in 2003 after allegations that the group overseeing the site was linked to terror activity.
Palestinian officials argue that the organisation that prompted the ban no longer exists and there is no reason for it to remain closed.
Israel and Jordan are believed to be holding discussions to resolve the issue. "All doors are closed and no one is allowed in", he said.
There are concerns in Israel that tensions at the site could boil over and become a political issue ahead of April 9 Israeli elections.
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