Temple Mount tension continues as four Israeli police officers wounded

The Temple Mount. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Four Israeli police officers were wounded Friday in clashes with Palestinian rioters as tension continues to flare over Jerusalem’s Temple Mount holy site.

Friday’s incident took place in the neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv, where Palestinian rioters threw Molotov cocktails and gunshots at police, the Jerusalem Post reported. Among those wounded was a 25-year-old Border Police officer who sustained moderate-to-serious injuries. That officer was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment. The other officers were treated for light burns, and one sustained a wound to his hand. 

Israeli police said Palestinian rioters had blocked roadways with burning tires and garbage cans. When they tried to restore traffic, police were attacked with the firebombs.

The clashes came as Palestinian leaders called for a “day of rage” following Friday prayers. Israeli police preemptively called up 800 extra officers to patrol the Old City and Arab neighborhoods throughout Jerusalem, and also barred Muslim men under the age of 40 from the Temple Mount. 

Posted on September 18, 2015 .