The Temple Mount
The Temple Mount compound. Photo by Moshe Gilad
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Two Palestinians were arrested Thursday after clashes on the Temple Mount between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli security forces guarding a group of right-wingers led by MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud), Israel Police reported.

According to witnesses, Feiglin and a number of other right-wing politicians entered the Temple Mount compound early Thursday morning via the Moroccan Gate. They were soon surrounded by Palestinian worshippers shouting "Allah Akbar" and throwing rocks.

The MK's group was rescued by Israeli security forces and escorted out of the compound. Several Palestinians were lightly injured in clashes between the worshippers and the security forces.

An Israeli police spokeswoman said two Palestinians were detained after throwing stones at the Feiglin group.

Access by Jews to the Temple Mount area is restricted in terms of an agreement between Israel and the Islamic trust that controls the compound. But visits by right-wing groups escorted by security forces have increased in recent years.