Israel Police, Arab Youths Clash Near Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Police claim youths attacked police officers who were in the area; one youth seriously wounded, one lightly injured, 3 of the youths were arrested.

Arab youths and border police clashed in Jerusalem’s old city, near the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, on Wednesday.

Police claim that the youths attacked police officers who were in the area.

Worshippers thronging the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony in Jerusalem last year.Reuters

One youth was seriously wounded and another lightly in the incident. Three of the youths were arrested.

Tensions have been running high around Jerusalem’s holy sites this month, after the Jerusalem Municipality ordered the closure of Jerusalem's Mughrabi Bridge, which leads from the Western Wall Plaza to the Temple Mount, due to fears it may collapse or catch fire. There are 15 gates leading into the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, 10 of which are in use.

The Mughrabi Gate is the only access for non-Muslims to enter the site, meaning its closure will prevent both Jews and tourists from visiting until a replacement structure is built.

The wooden bridge leading to the Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa was scheduled to be demolished and replaced with a sturdier structure, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the Jerusalem municipality last month to postpone the demolition.

Netanyahu's bureau had asked the Jerusalem municipality to postpone the work due to the sensitivity of the issue and warnings from Egypt and Jordan.