Clashes Erupt at Temple Mount as Muslims Return to Site

The Fellowship  |  July 27, 2017

Palestinians return to Al-Aqsa
JERUSALEM - JULY 27 : Israeli forces intervene Palestinian worshippers with tear gas bomb as they gather to enter the Al Aqsa Mosque following the removal of Israeli security measures near the entrances to Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, on July 27, 2017. Palestinian Muslims have been praying in the streets outside the mosque complexs ancient walls since July 14 in protest at Israeli security measures. Muslims will return to Al-Aqsa Mosque to pray for the first time in nearly two weeks later Thursday, religious leaders announced. (Photo by Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

After Israel agreed to remove the security measures put in place at the Temple Mount after terrorists murdered two police officers there, the Palestinians have ended their 12-day boycott of the site. But, The Times of Israel’s Dov Lieber reports, they have not returned peacefully, instead rioting and hurling rocks at the officers there to protect all visitors and maintain peace and order:

Thousands of Muslim worshipers entered the Temple Mount on Thursday for the first time in nearly two weeks, many shouting in delight as they did so, and violent clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli security forces at the compound.

A police officer was lightly injured after a rock was thrown at his head, police said.

Channel 2 reported that 10 police officers were injured in the ensuing clashes.

Some 115 Palestinians were treated for injuries both inside the compound and in the surrounding area, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. A spokesperson said the injuries were mainly caused by rubber bullets, burns and bruises. Fifteen people were hospitalized, it said.

Police said worshipers began hurling rocks at security forces upon their reentry to the compound.

Some stones fell at the Western Wall plaza below, causing no injuries, a police spokesperson said…

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