Palestinian Worshippers and Israeli Police Clash at Temple Mount

Several people reported lightly injured

Aaron Rabinowitz
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Scene of the clashes in Jerusalem, July 27, 2018.
Aaron Rabinowitz
Aaron Rabinowitz

Twenty-four Palestinians were arrested when clashes erupted between the Israel Police and Palestinian worshippers at Jerusalem's Temple Mount after Friday prayers.

Several Palestinians barricaded themselves in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and were later removed by Israeli forces. Four Isaeli policemen and the Waqf reported that several Palestinians were lightly injured in from the clashes.

"In an unclear and inexplicable step, stones and fireworks were thrown at the police forces," police reported.

Police forces entered the area and began evacuating it, using riot control measures, including stun grenades, to disperse the worshippers.

According to witnesses, the incident began when children threw firecrackers at police officers, who responded by hurling grenades and stun grenades. The incident then escalated into widespread clashes.

The Waqf claimed that the police blocked the exits from inside the mosque compound, causing further unrest.

Sheikh Akrama Sabri, one of the heads of the Waqf, said: "the police attacked the worshipers for no reason and without sign or warning." In response, Hamas issued a call to Palestinians in Jerusalem in the West Bank to rise up against the clashes in the mosque. The worshipers held afternoon prayers at the entrance to the Lions' Gate.

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