Israeli Police Wounded in Clashes With Palestinian Youths on Temple Mount

Rioters hurl flares and rocks at police; earlier, a nine-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of throwing rocks at settlers.

Nir Hasson
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Israeli police officer scuffles with a Palestinian youth at Temple Mount in Jerusalem, February 25, 2014. Credit: Reuters
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

Several Israeli police were wounded on Wednesday morning in clashes with Palestinian youths at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Clashes erupted after the Temple Mount opened to visitors. Dozens of masked men fired flares and hurled rocks at Israeli officers, who then tried to push the rioters back toward the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The clash persisted at the entrance to the mosque, where rioters took cover behind a barricade that was erected in advance. Eventually, the security forces managed to drive the youths into the mosque and lock them in.

Several officers sustained light wounds from the flares and rocks, and were treated at the site.

Earlier, Israeli border police arrested a 9-year-old Palestinian boy from the neighborhood of Abu Tor on suspicion of throwing stones toward homes of Jews in the settlement of Ma’aleh Hazeitim. His parents were brought in to the police station and the incident was reported to social services. According to Palestinian officials, the boy was assaulted by settlers.

According to data released by Israel Police on Wednesday, 11 children under 12, the age of criminal responsibility, have been arrested in Jerusalem over the past 10 days, since a crackdown was launched to restore calm in the capital. In addition, 41 children between the ages of 12 and 18, as well as 21 adults, have been arrested during that period.