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Police quell fracas on Temple Mount

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The Temple Mount was closed to visitors April 13 after Muslim worshippers threw stones and firebombs at police officers near the Western Wall Plaza.

A day later, eight Jews were arrested for attempting to sacrifice a goat as the Pesach offering on the Temple Mount, according to Arutz Sheva.

In the rock-throwing incident, two Israeli police officers guarding the Mughrabi Gate were injured in rioting that began when the site, which is holy to both Muslims and Jews, was opened to visitors that morning.

Police entered the Al-Aksa Mosque compound and used stun grenades and rubber bullets to break up the rioting, according to reports.

Extra police units were posted on the Temple Mount to prevent further disturbances around the holiday.

The site is overseen by the Waqf, the Muslim religious administration charged with managing the Temple Mount site. Jews generally are not permitted by the Waqf to pray or bring any ritual objects to the Temple Mount when they visit. — jta and wire services


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