Clashes in Jerusalem near the Temple Mount
Arabs attempted to resume violent clashes in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday as soon as midday Islamic prayers ended at the Al Aqsa Mosque in the Temple Mount compound.
Riots began with Arabs hurling rocks at Israeli police and other security personnel in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Joz, who instantly responded with stun grenades and other mob dispersal methods.
Numerous mounted police and those in armored patrol vehicles were present on the streets as well. Clashes were also reported in the ancient Judean cities of Bethlehem and Hebron, where Arab youth attacked Israeli forces as well.
Men under 50 were barred from entering the Temple Mount compound at all, in light of warnings that plans were in place for demonstrations and riots at the site.
Those who were not allowed to enter the compound gathered instead in the streets surrounding the site, as they had for the two weeks prior, during the Muslim boycott directed by Arab leaders in Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
“A number of roads around the Old City will be limited to access and all necessary security measures are being taken to prevent and respond to any outbreak of violence,” police said in a statement.
By late Thursday night, more than 100 demonstrators were wounded in the violence, which included stone throwing also aimed at Jews praying at the Western Wall.