Palestinians: One Seriously Wounded in Temple Mount Clashes

Dozens of Palestinians threw rocks at security forces, who responded with stun grenades and other crowd control measures.

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A Palestinian was seriously wounded in clashed that erupted Wednesday morning on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Palestinian medical officials said. According to reports, the man was wounded by a sponge-tipped bullet fired by Israeli security forces.

The compound was briefly closed to visitors earlier on Wednesday after dozens of Palestinians threw rocks and fireworks at Israei security forces. Police pushed the rioters into the mosque using stun grenades.

Tensions on the Temple Mount have been particularly following the shooting of a right-wing activist last week and the police's killing of the Palestinian man suspected of the crime.

After the assassination attempt, Israel closed the Temple Mount to all visitors and worshippers on Thursday, before reopening it.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Knesset members Saturday to ease tensions over the Temple Mount after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asked him to help lower the temperature in all Jerusalem. The Jordanians have made similar requests.

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