A view of the Temple Mount. Credit: Godot13 via Wikimedia Commons.
(JNS.org) Three Israeli police officers were injured by stones and fireworks when clashes broke out on the Temple Mount on Wednesday, Israel Hayom reported. They were treated for their injuries by police medics on site.
As soon as the Temple Mount was opened to visitors Wednesday morning, ahead of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, several masked youths began attacking police officers near the Mughrabi Gate. Police chased the rioters into the Al-Aqsa mosque, but the youths blocked the final gate into the mosque and spilled flammable liquid around themselves, creating a barrier inside the mosque grounds from where they launched stones and fireworks at the police.
The rioters also sprayed the police officers with an unidentified liquid and threw Molotov cocktails, one of which exploded right near the police but caused no injuries.
The police officers, under the command of Jerusalem District Police Chief Yossi Pariente, worked under the barrage of stones and fireworks to remove the blockade—which was made up of furniture, large pieces of wood, marble, and metal—and succeeded in locking the rioters inside the mosque.
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