Israeli Police Clash With Palestinian Protesters at Temple Mount

Four Palestinians said hurt by rubber bullets and tear gas in Jerusalem Day clashes; Israeli police officer lightly hurt by rock.

Olivier Fitoussi

Four Muslim worshipers were reported hurt and an Israeli police officer lightly injured during clashes at the Temple Mount on Wednesday, hours ahead of a Jerusalem Day flag procession.

Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported that the four worshipers sustained light head injuries due to rubber bullets and tear gas fired by Israeli forces and were treated in a hospital. They were later released from hospital.

The Israeli police officer was lightly wounded by a rock thrown by masked Arab protesters at the Temple Mount.

Wednesday is Jerusalem Day, the Hebrew date on which Israel captured East Jerusalem in 1967.

Police forces raided the Temple Mount compound as several masked men continued throwing stones and firecrackers as they fled from security forces by entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Police have closed the Temple Mount to visitors. Dozens of police officers are stationed on the Temple Mount and there are hundreds more in the area.
Police moved away Arab worshipers in the area who shouted at Jewish visitors in the area.

As in previous years, police have asked merchants in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City to close their shops before the flag procession begins Wednesday afternoon. Over the last few years, participants in the procession have shouted racist epithets at Arabs in the Old City.

Thousands of people are expected to take part in the parade, and major traffic jams are expected.