Arab rioting spurs third closing of Temple Mount

The Temple Mount was closed for a third day during the Passover holiday after Israeli police were attacked by Arab worshippers throwing rocks.

The April 20 closure came as Christian worshippers and visitors marking Easter filled the Old City of Jerusalem.

Some 16 Arab rioters were arrested for throwing rocks and concrete blocks at police on the holy site, which had opened briefly to tourists that morning.

Following the closure, Israeli police also restricted Muslim worshippers on the site, allowing only those with Israeli identification cards who were over the age of 50.

Five Arabs were arrested April 19 as they attempted to gain access to the Temple Mount by climbing up its eastern side. They were discovered to be carrying tear gas.

The site was closed April 16 and 17 due to Palestinian rioting. — jta