Muslim worshippers, Israeli police clash at Jerusalem's Temple Mount
Protesters hurl rocks at Mughrabi Bridge; in rare move, Israeli security forces enter Temple Mount plaza to scatter the riot; 11 policemen, 15 Palestinians wounded.
Hundreds of Muslim worshippers clashed with police on Friday at Jerusalem's Temple Mount.
Following Friday prayers, hundreds of worshippers began hurling rocks at the Mughrabi Bridge at the entrance to the Temple Mount, which prompted Israeli police forces to enter the plaza and attempt t to scatter the protest.
Israeli police said that dozens of protesters gathered inside the Al-Aqsa mosque after hurling rocks at security forces, who, in a rare move, came to the entrance of the mosque and used stun grenades to scatter the protesters.
Eleven policemen and 15 Palestinians were wounded as a result of the clashes. Four Palestinians were arrested.
In light of several violent incidents that occurred at the Temple Mount this week, police heightened their presence at the site on Friday morning.
Jerusalem District Commander Niso Shaham said that Friday saw the most serious clashes at the Temple Mount since the recent wave of protests erupted two weeks ago, when right-wing leaders called on Jews to visit the Temple Mount and cleanse the area of Muslims.
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