Two Israeli officers were wounded after Muslim teens threw stones at them at the end of a prayer on Tuesday, amid rising tensions following the Israeli government’s decision to place metal detectors at the entrance to the holy site.
Watch the violent riots on Temple Mount
Clashes erupted Tuesday between Muslim worshipers and Israeli security forces on Temple Mount, following Israel’s decision to place metal detectors at the entrace to the holy site.
Muslim teens threw stones at Israeli police officers who dispersed them at the end of a prayer, which took place outside of the main area.
Israel decided to instate new security measures on Temple Mount after Friday’s terror attack, in which two Israeli police officers were murdered. The Muslim Waqf, which administers the site, have been absent in recent days due to their refusal to go through the devices.
IDF Police officers guarding the Temple Mount Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90/Channel 2 News
Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, the head of the Higher Islamic Committee in Jerusalem, called on Muslims to come to Temple Mount this coming Friday. He rejected claims that the Muslim Waqf was abandoning the site, saying, “We are here to protect al-Aqsa.”
Members of the Israeli-Arab Knesset party arrived at the Temple Mount area and expressed their support for the Muslim worshipers.
Israeli-Arab MKs visiting the site Photo credit: Joint Arab List/Channel 2 News
“The metal detectors must be removed immediately to prevent a further escalation,” said MK Ahmad Tibi.
The MKs said they hold Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responsible for the current escalation of violence.