100 injured as riots break out in Old City of Jerusalem after Muslim worshippers return to holy site. Stones thrown at Western Wall plaza.
Roughly 100 people were injured in the Old City of Jerusalem Thursday, shortly after Muslim worshippers returned to the Temple Mount following a nearly two-week ban by Muslim authorities on prayer at the holy site.
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Riots broke out within minutes as thousands of Muslims flooded the Temple Mount, attacking police officers who responded with crowd-control measures including tear gas, shock grenades, and rubber bullets.
Rioters also hurled stones down from the Temple Mount on the Western Wall Plaza below. No injuries were reported in the plaza.
Earlier on Thursday, the Jordanian Waqf – the Muslim trust which manages the Temple Mount – and the Mufti of Jerusalem permitted renewed Muslim prayer on the Mount, after Israel removed security cameras and magnetometer metal detectors at the entrances to the holy site.
For nearly two weeks, Muslims have largely avoided the Mount, praying instead near entrances to the holy site in protest of new security measures following a terror attack by three Arab Israelis who shot and murdered two Israeli Border Police officers earlier this month. Muslim clerics had called upon worshippers to avoid the Temple Mount so long as the metal detectors remained in place.
Shortly before the rioting began, Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich spoke at the Western Wall Plaza, to “dispel misinformation” regarding Israel’s sudden decision to remove the metal detectors and security cameras, claiming they were ineffective, “and served no purpose.”…
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