Israel Holds 48 Over Temple Mount Clashes After Fresh Wave of Arrests

15 arrested overnight for their part in clashes that took place after Israel installed new security measures at the Temple Mount prayer site following a deadly attack

Israeli border police officers detain a Palestinian during clashes in Jerusalem, Friday, July 21, 2017.
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Israel arrested 15 people overnight Wednesday East Jerusalem suspected of connection to clashes that took place in East Jerusalem and around the Temple Mount that ended last week. The total number of those held over the protests is now 48.

According to a police statement releasd on Thursday, the arrests were carried out by police officers and border guards in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Wadi Joz, Ras al Amud, Beit Hanina and A-Tur.

Thirthy three people were arrested ealier on in the week, of which the detention of 31 has been extended by the courts. In 19 of the cases prosecutor's statements have already been filed, and a total of 9 indictments made.

The police said that all those arrested so far are considered to have taken an active and dominant part in the clashes. A number of policemen were also wounded in the violent riots which saw firebombs, stones and fireworks thrown as part of widespread protests in reaction to Israel installing of new security measures at the Temple Mount prayer site, which Muslim worshippers saw as a change in status quo.Metal detectors were installed at the site after two policemen were killed by three attackers on July 14.

Muslim worshippers subsequently refused to pass through the metal detectors, praying outside the entrances. Three Palestinians were killed in the violent clashes that ensued. Israeli authorities ended up removing the metal detectors and security cameras, restoring the status quo.