Friday, March 8, 2013

Muslims throw stones, Molotov cocktails at police, that entered the Temple Mount to disperse rioters

(JPost) Jerusalem police entered the Temple Mount on Friday following afternoon prayers, after worshipers began throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at police forces on the Mugrabi bridge. Police used stun grenades in order to disperse the crowds.

Nine policemen were lightly hurt in the incident, three of them received treatment on the scene while six were evacuated to Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem, a police spokesman said. Palestinian media said at least 15 protesters were injured.

A Yediot Aharonot photographer was also wounded from a stone that hit his face. Police say the photographer refused treatment from Red Crescent paramedics.

A number of Muslim youth barricaded themselves inside a mosque and refused to leave.

Clashes were also expected in the West Bank at the funeral of a Palestinian who died of his wounds on Thursday after being shot by IDF soldiers during a confrontation with stone-throwers two weeks ago.

On Thursday, Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben Ruby said police were "on high alert" for possible disturbances on Friday but did not issue age restrictions for Muslims wishing to enter for Friday prayers.