1. PALESTINIANS AND ISRAELI POLICE CLASH AT JERUSALEM HOLY SITE
Muslim worshippers and Israeli police clashed Sunday at a major Jerusalem holy site during prayers marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha.
Palestinian medics said at least 14 people were wounded, in the skirmishes with police at the site, which Muslims refer to as the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and Jews refer to as the Temple Mount. Police said at least four officers were wounded. Witnesses said at least two people were arrested.
The clashes came amid heightened tensions between Israel and the Palestinians, just days after an Israeli soldier was killed south of Jerusalem. On Saturday, Israeli troops killed four Palestinian militants who attempted to cross the Gaza border fence.
The site has long been a flashpoint at the epicenter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
2. UNEASY CALM IN INDIAN KASHMIR ON ISLAMIC FESTIVAL DAY
An uneasy calm prevailed in Indian-administered Kashmir on Monday as people celebrated a major Islamic festival during an unprecedented crackdown after India moved to strip the disputed region of its constitutional autonomy and imposed an indefinite curfew.
News reports say authorities will allow Eid al-Adha prayers at neighborhood mosques during the day but will not permit large congregations to avoid anti-India protests.
The security lockdown appeared aimed at avoiding a backlash in India’s only Muslim-majority region where most people oppose Indian rule. The restrictions had been briefly eased on Friday for residents to attend mosque prayers, and people also were allowed to shop for the Eid festival on Saturday and Sunday.
Kashmir is claimed in full by both nations and divided between them, and rebels have been fighting Indian rule in the portion it administers for decades.
3. NO NEW EBOLA CASES IN GOMA, VACCINATES OVER 1,300
Meanwhile, in the Congolese city of Goma, The World Health Organization has vaccinated over 1,300 people who potentially came into contact with the Ebola virus, helping contain what many feared would be a rapid spread in an urban center.
A year-long Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has killed at least 1,800, the second biggest toll ever, and efforts to contain the virus have been hobbled by militia violence and some local resistance to outside interference.
Goma, a lakeside city of nearly 2 million people on the Rwandan border, has been on high alert over the past week after a gold miner with a large family contaminated several people before dying himself.
WHO has confirmed that no new Ebola cases had been reported in Goma since it’s the previous report on August 2nd.