Worshipper at Temple Mount (Archive photo)
Photo: Gil Yohanan

Violent riots in Jerusalem; officer hurt

Clashes break out between Arabs, police throughout capital. Protesters throw stones, Molotov cocktails at officers during rallies against Gaza operation

Hundreds of Arabs clashed with police forces Friday throughout Jerusalem after religious services concluded in the Temple Mount and the capital's mosques.


The police went on high alert Friday in light of the Israeli military operation in Gaza and concerns it could prompt violent protest among Israel's Arabs.


Some 4,500 Muslim worshippers attended the Friday prayer at the Temple Mount. Police restricted the number of people at the place and allowed only men over 50 and carrying Israeli IDs to enter the premises.


Several dozen worshippers making their way to the Nablus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem tried to stage a protest rally but were dispersed by the police. A young man was detained on suspicion he was behind the illegal rally.


Meanwhile, about 50 women rallied in the Old City against the fighting in Gaza, and several dozen Muslim women demonstrated near the Nablus Gate.


Demonstrations were held in other places in the capital as well. A few hundred people protested against the IDF operation outside the Rockefeller Museum, and some threw stones at police forces. Stones were also hurled at officers in Wadi Juz.


Two Molotov cocktails were thrown at the police station in Ras al-Amud in east Jerusalem and one officer at the place was lightly wounded by a stone thrown at him by protesters.


In a separate incident, stones were hurled at security forces near the Shoafat refugee camp in northern Jerusalem.


The Jerusalem police will stay fully deployed throughout the weekend.


פרסום ראשון: 01.02.09, 14:27
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