Border Policewoman hurt in Jerusalem as tensions flare on Temple Mount

Leroy Wright
March 14, 2019

Tensions in the holy compound in Jerusalem have risen in recent weeks after the site's Muslim administrators reopened a mosque sealed by Israel during a Palestinian uprising in 2003. Nineteen people were arrested after the incident as violent clashes erupted between Muslim worshipers and Israeli forces as they evacuated the holy site to conduct searches.

The Molotov cocktail set fire to a motorized cart used by police on the Temple Mount.

"Places of worship are for prayer, not for provocations and violence", he wrote on Twitter.

"Palestinians have contested the Israeli fire allegation, some stressing that the fire could have been started by the police themselves or their agents to use as a pretext for closing the Muslim compound as part of a plot to force the closing of Bab al-Rahma prayer area, which police has (sic) been trying to do for over three weeks".

In another statement hours after the conclusion of the search, Yadid announced that the Temple Mount would be opened Wednesday morning, some 24 hours after the incident, for worshipers and visitors.

Last week, members of the Israeli police entered the Bab al-Rahmeh prayer area with their boots on, an act considered by Palestinians as a desecration, leading to protests.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned in an official statement what he described as "Israeli escalation" following the clashes, and warned of "grave consequences".

Israeli police closed the entrances to Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site after Palestinian suspects threw a firebomb at a police station on Tuesday.

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Saif said incidents in Jerusalem was as a result of silence of the global community before the violation of all worldwide agreements and human rights.

Meanwhile Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called on "the whole world to react to Israel's brazen attacks on our scared land".

Tuesday's clash is just a symptom of mounting tensions on the Temple Mount.

In a Monday interview with Radio 103FM Erdan said that Israel will not allow "another mosque be built on Temple Mount".

Israeli officials believe the work carried out by the Waqf, which refused to allow any Israeli observers, led to the destruction of antiquities from periods of Jewish presence in the area. "Tampering with holy sites, especially al-Aqsa Mosque, is a direct call for violence".

Mr Abbas's office said the Palestinians are also in touch with various sides including Jordan.

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the individual as 23 year-old Mohammed Shaheen.

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