Arabs hurled stones at Israeli security forces and shouted nationalist slogans on the Temple Mount on Sunday, hours before Jews began to visit the site to mark the fast day of Tisha B’Av.

The burst of violence, which according to Israel’s s Channel 12 began at around 5 a.m., was quickly dispersed by Border Police.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett held an assessment of the situation on Sunday together with top security officials, following which he instructed that Jewish visits to the Temple Mount be allowed to continue.

“The prime minister is receiving timely updates and will hold additional assessments in the coming hours,” his office said in a statement.

Tisha B’Av, the Ninth of Av, is the date on which both the First and Second Temples were destroyed and is regarded as one of the most solemn days on the Jewish calendar.


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