Officers hurt in Temple Mount riots; 4 arrested (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yair Altman Latest Update: 02.24.12, 16:26)
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Hundreds of Muslim worshippers at Jerusalem´s Old City stone security
forces, who in turn storm Temple Mount compound; 11 officers, 15
Palestinians lightly injured, four people arrested. Riots in several
east Jerusalem neighborhoods ensue
Friday prayers at Jerusalem´s Temple Mount turned into a scene of
violent riots as protesters hurled stones at security forces who in
turn broke into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Police dispersed the
protesters using stun grenades. Eleven officers were lightly wounded
by stones and treated at the scene. Four rioters were arrested.
Left-wing activists said that about 15 Palestinians were lightly hurt
by the crowd-control measures used by security forces.
Hundreds of Muslim worshippers at the Mughrabi Gate hurled stones at
police and Border Guard forces who raided the compound to evacuate
them. Dozens initially refused to leave the mosque but later cleared
out on their own accord. Police say further arrests are expected.
Following the Temple Mounts riot, similar unrest was recorded in the
east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, Isawiya and Ras al-Amoud, as
well as near the Qalandiya checkpoint.
Security forces in each of the locations suffered stoning and the
hurling of Molotov cocktails. The forces responded using crowd-
Sheikh Muhammad Hussein Hussein of the al-Aqsa mosque said: "We
demand that no settlers, radicals or soldiers enter the mosque to
avoid friction." He claimed that the Israeli government was
responsible for the situation and will "bear the consequences."
Jerusalem District chief Nisso Shaham told reporters that the riots
broke out after a right-wing activist posted online ads calling
to "cleanse the Arabs from the al-Aqsa Mosque." He said Friday´s
events were the climax of riots in the past two weeks.
Shaham was referring to an ad announcing a future Temple Mount visit
by Moshe Feiglin and his supporters. Fearing riots police closed the
area to Jewish visitors.
On Thursday, Jerusalem Police declared a heightened state of alert at
the Old City due to mounting tensions over calls by right-wing
elements and members of the Temple Mount Faithful group to visit the
"This time it was decided not to restrict entry to the Temple Mount
so as not to harm the freedom of religion," Shaham said.
Several cases of stone throwing were recorded in the Old City in the
past week. The first incident saw police arrest 18 protesters
suspected of rioting after hurling chairs at security forces. Several
days later, an officer was injured when Arabs hurled stones at him.
Police arrested three suspects.
Also on Friday, some 400 Palestinians and Israelis staged a march in
the West Bank city of Hebron, marking the 18th anniversary of the
Cave of the Patriarchs massacre.
The 1994 shooting saw a lone gunman, far-right Kach movement member
Baruch Goldstein, open fire on Muslims praying inside the Ibrahim
Mosque. Twenty-nine worshippers were killed and 125 were wounded.
No unusual incidents were noted during the march. (Copyright 2012 ©
Yedioth Internet 02/24/12)
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