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Police enter Temple Mount to stop riots

Youths hurl stones at Moroccans' Gate adjacent to Western Wall as Friday prayers draw to a close. Officers disperse rioters, arrest three

Yair Altman
Published: 06.10.11, 15:20 / Israel News

Police and Border Guard forces broke into the Temple Mount compound on Friday after stones were hurled at the end of Friday prayers. Officers dispersed the rioters using crowd dispersal means and isolated them. No injuries have been reported. Three worshippers were arrested.

 

Dozens of youths began to hurl stones at the Moroccans' Gate adjacent to the Western Wall as Friday prayers in the Old City drew to a close. Security forces were forced to enter the compound to put a stop to the violence.

 

 

Police arrested three worshippers, one of whom is suspected of hurling stones. The other two are suspected of inciting the violence. They were taken into questioning as the rest of the worshippers left the area. Jerusalem Police said that more arrests are expected over the weekend.

 

Unlike previous weeks, police decided not to restrict the entrance of young worshippers to the Temple Mount this week.

 

It usually only allows worshippers over the age of 50 to enter the site when there is intelligence suggesting others may try to cause provocations.

 

 

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