Violence rocked the Israeli capital on Friday after midday prayers near the Temple Mount ended in riots and the deaths of three Arab Muslims as thousands took to the streets to protest the installation of metal detectors at entrances to the site in Jerusalem’s Old City. The detectors were installed following the shooting murders of two Israeli policemen by Muslims on the Temple Mount and stabbing deaths of three Israeli citizens in their home.
Times of Israel Over 200 injured in clashes over new security restrictions at Temple Mount following last week’s deadly terror attack. Three Muslims were reported killed in clashes that erupted between protesters and Israeli police on Friday in East Jerusalem and the
West Bank Judea/Samaria as thousands demonstrated against the installation of metal detectors.
In the Qalandiya refugee camp east of Jerusalem, approximately 600 Arab Muslims threw rocks and rolled burning tires at troops, an army spokesperson said. Israeli forces responded with live fire, tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets.
In Hebron, hundreds of Arab Muslims also took part in violent demonstrations. The army responded with less lethal 0.22 Ruger rounds, tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets, but not full live fire, a spokesperson said.
The upgraded Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount were introduced after three Arab Israelis shot dead two Israeli police officers on duty there last Friday, using guns they had smuggled into the Al-Aqsa mosque.
Also on Friday, a Muslim terrorist also broke into the home of an Israeli family having Sabbath dinner and stabbed three of them to death and seriously injured another.
Throughout the Old City, worshipers protested new security procedures at the holy site imposed by the Israel Police after last Friday’s deadly terror attack there that left two police officers dead.
Muslim leaders instructed those wishing to pray not to agree to pass through the metal detector gates posted at the Temple Mount. Only a few Muslims agreed to security checks and entered the site on Friday, with thousands more praying or protesting at various sites around the city.
At Wadi Joz just north of the Old City walls, rioters threw rocks and water bottles at police, and some set off fireworks. Police responded with tear gas, pushing back the crowd.
Several thousand police officers were deployed around the Old City and at entrances to Jerusalem in concentric rings amid a tense security standoff in anticipation of violent riots by Muslim worshipers.