Nine Palestinians Wounded in Clashes With Israel Police in Jerusalem's Temple Mount

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Israeli security forces run during clashes with Palestinians at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in Jerusalem's Old City, last month.
Israeli security forces run during clashes with Palestinians at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in Jerusalem's Old City, last month.Credit: AMMAR AWAD / REUTERS

Nine Palestinians were wounded in clashes with police in Jerusalem's Temple Mount as hundreds of Muslim worshipers attended Friday's prayers.  

Three Palestinians were later taken to the hospital to receive medical attention.

According to the police, riots erupted when the worshipers exited the Temple Mount compound via The Chain Gate. They hurled stones at police officers, who responded with firing sponge-tipped bullets.

Fourteen suspects were detained and brought in for questioning. 

The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism and, as the home of both the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock, the third holiest for Muslims.

Also on Friday, five Palestinians were wounded by sponge-tipped bullets after clashes with Israeli soldiers erupted south of Nablus during a demonstration against the illegal Evyatar outpost in the West Bank.

Dozens more suffered from tear gas inhalation, and three were evacuated to hospital.

Hundreds of Arabs have been wounded in clashes on and around the mount since April, following an Israeli decision to put up barriers preventing people from sitting in the Damascus Gate plaza, a popular public area during Ramadan. The violence further escalated after a right-wing Flag March, which sparked an 11-day round of fighting between Israel and Hamas.

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