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Temple Mount: Stones hurled at Moroccans' Gate

reprinted from Ynet
Sivan 8, 5771, June 10, 2011

Police and Border Guard forces entered the Temple Mount compound after dozens of [Moslem] youngsters hurled stones at the adjacent Moroccans' Gate after Friday prayers concluded.

The forces dispersed the youngsters using crowd dispersal means. No injuries have been reported. (Yair Altman)

Police Storm Temple Mount After Stones Thrown

reprinted from Arutz 7
Sivan 8, 5771, June 10, 2011

by Gavriel Queenann

(Israelnationalnews.com) Israel Police and Border Guard forces were forced to storm the Temple Mount compound Friday after stones were hurled at the end of afternoon prayers. 

Officers dispersed dozens of rioters using crowd dispersal means and isolated them. No injuries have been reported.vThree Muslim men involved in the incident were arrested - one for hurling stones and two on suspicion of having incited the violent incident. 

Dozens of Muslim youths began to hurl stones at the Rambam (Mughrabim) Gate adjacent to the Western Wall as Friday prayers in the Old City ended. Security forces were forced to enter the compound to put a stop to the violence.

The three were taken into custody for questioning as the rest of the worshippers left the area. Jerusalem Police said more arrests are expected over the weekend.

Unlike previous weeks, police decided not to restrict the entrance of young worshippers to the Temple Mount this week.

Police usually only allow worshippers over the age of 50 to enter the site when there is intelligence suggesting others may try to cause provocations.

The decision to allow youths in this week may have been based on eight months of quiet at the site.

Police Forcefully Enter Temple Mount After Stones Thrown

reprinted from Jerusalem Post
Sivan 8, 5771, June 10, 2011

by Melanie Lidman

Security forces return to site of Kotel and Al-Aksa mosque after eight months of quiet; three are arrested but no injuries are reported.

Police forces burst onto the Temple Mount plaza on Friday afternoon following the end of Friday prayers at the Al-Aksa Mosque, after dozens of young worshippers started throwing rocks from the entrance of the Mugrahbi Gate towards the Kotel plaza below. Three demonstrators were arrested in connection with rock throwing, and police are expecting more arrests during the course of Shabbat. There were no injuries.

Demonstrators began throwing the rocks next to the Mugrahbi gate around 1:35. Border police entered the plaza around 1:40 and immediately broke up the demonstrations using force. The rest of the worshippers left the premises by 2:30 without incident, the police reported.

It was the first time since last fall that police forces had entered the Temple Mount plaza with force. In September, there was widespread rioting in east Jerusalem and the Old City, including at the Al-Aksa Mosque, after a private security guard killed a Silwan resident.

Police also did not place limits on who could enter the Temple Mount on Friday. When demonstrations are expected or tensions are especially high, security forces only allow male worshippers over the age of 45 who have blue Israeli ID cards to enter the plaza, though women of all ages are permitted to enter.

These limitations were in place last Friday, before Naksa Day, "the setback" or the anniversary of the Six Day War, as well as the Friday before Nakba Day, "the catastrophe" and the anniversary of the 1948 Independence War.

Other areas of east Jerusalem were quiet on Friday afternoon, said Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby.

 

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