Police and Border Guard officers stormed the Temple Mount
complex on Wednesday after several dozens of Palestinian
youngsters lobbed stones, fireworks and tear gas toward police in the area, stationed there due to intelligence reports of plans of public disorder.
Security forces dispersed the Muslim
worshipers in the plaza and surrounded the Al-Aqsa Mosque
where some youngsters hid, throwing stones at the police.
Over recent weeks, police entered the complex almost every Friday and holiday eve due to public disorders and stone throwing. On Tuesday, Jerusalem
police decided to prohibit visits to the site due to intelligence alleging intentions of public disturbances.
Security forces break into Temple Mount (Video: Police spokesperson)
However, the police noted that over the holidays thousands visited the site, including hundreds of Jews, despite the disturbances. The police statement said that the decision to prohibit visits on Wednesday was made as an exception, out of concerns for the public safety.
Recently, there has been a rise in the number of clashes between security forces and Palestinian demonstrators in Jerusalem. On Tuesday several dozens of Arab youngsters protested outside Damascus Gate, some brandished Palestinian flags and lobbed stones at the police.
Officer dispersed the demonstration and arrested 11 suspects.
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