For the second time in a week, police forces have broken into the Temple Mount
complex in Jerusalem in wake of stone throwing by Muslim worshipers.
The police used stun grenades to take control of the area and the stone throwing ceased. No injuries were reported.
When the forces exited towards the Mugrabi Gate to deal with additional disquiet, stone throwing resumed. The forces then reentered the area, emptied it from worshipers and dispersed the stone throwers. Some 15 people were arrested.
Police also stormed
the Temple Mount on Wednesday morning, following stone throwing at visitors and police officers by masked men on the scene. Security forces under District Commander Yossi Pariente dispersed the stone throwers.
Police said they did not to use riot control measures and that there were no reported injuries. The stone throwers fled into mosques and security forces remain in the courtyard.
At the same time, on the road to Jerusalem, police stopped dozens of buses carrying Arab worshipers who were on their way to the Temple Mount. Police turned them around, believing their intention was to cause disturbances at the location.
n recent weeks, tension has risen following calls from radical Arab elements to "to protect the Temple Mount from Jewish visitors" and not allow them to go up the mountain. On Tuesday, Jerusalem district police arrested the head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, Sheikh Raed Salah, on suspicion of incitement in a speech last week in Kfar Kara in Wadi Ara.
It is suspected that Salah accused Israel
of responsibility for the fire at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and said that "the Israeli occupation" is working to burn the Arab world and Egypt.
Following the hearing held yesterday in Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, Salah was banned from entering the city for 180 days.
He was ordered to maintain a distance of 30 km from the capital, and to leave a deposit of NIS 50,000. Salah refused the conditions and will be brought before the court Wednesday for a continuance of the hearing.
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