Palestinians: 14 Wounded, One Critically in Temple Mount Clashes With Israeli Police

According to Israeli police, Muslim worshipers threw stones and bottles at officers, hurting two ■ Red Crescent says one Palestinian critically hurt

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Clashes between Muslim worshipers and Israeli police at the Temple Mount. July 18, 2017
Clashes between Muslim worshipers and Israeli police at the Temple Mount. July 18, 2017Credit: AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS
Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury

Violent clashed broke out Tuesday night between Muslim worshippers and police outside the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Red Crescent claimed that some 14 Muslim worshipers were wounded, with one reportedly in critical condition. According to the Israeli police, the Muslim worshippers threw stones and bottles at the officers, who used various means to scatter them. Two officers were said hurt in the clashes.

The Fatah movement called for protests Wednesday and processions throughout the West Bank toward checkpoints.

Clashes were also reported on Monday between Muslim worshippers and police in the area, in which three Palestinians were injured. Around midnight the Palestinians reported violent incidents in Silwan and Isawiyah in which at least 15 people where lightly injured, according to the Red Crescent.

Israeli border police stand guard as Palestinians take part in evening prayers outside the Lion's Gate of Jerusalem's Old City July 18, 2017. Credit: AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS

Meanwhile, the head of the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee, Mohammed Barakeh, and the chairman of the committee of Arab mayors, Mazen Ghanaim paid a condolence call Tuesday evening on the families of the two Druze policemen killed Friday near the Temple Mount by Muslim Israeli Arabs from Umm al-Fahm. The visits took place following contacts over the past few days and criticism by the Druze community that Arab leaders had not condemned the killings.

Barakeh said he and the rest of the delegation had come to express their condolences to the family and condemn the attack. He stressed that the struggle of the Arab community in Israel was a popular, political struggle that does not call for violence in any form and opposes armed confrontation and harm to the holy places.

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