Police officer suffers moderate-to-serious injuries in riots on Temple Mount

Hundreds of rioters pelt police officers with rocks, bottles and other objects following Ramadan prayers.

Elad Benari, Canada , | updated: 1:43 AM

Police clash with Arab rioters at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound
Police clash with Arab rioters at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound
Jamal Awad/Flash 90

At least six police officers were injured, including one who suffered moderate-to-serious injuries after being hit in the face with a rock, in clashes that broke out at the Temple Mount on Friday evening.

Police forces dispersed hundreds of Arab rioters using stun grenades and other means. During the riot, the officers were pelted with rocks, bottles and other objects.

The officer who was hit by a rock was evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital for treatment.

The Red Crescent reported that 163 Arabs were injured in the clashes. Arabs also rioted in the Damascus Gate in the Old city.

Earlier, following afternoon prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque attended by about 75,000 people, riots also broke out in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem.

During those riots there, police officers were seen pushing MK Ahmed Tibi from the Joint List party. Two rioters were arrested.

Late Thursday night and early Friday morning, Arab rioters attacked Jewish residents of the Shimon Hatzaddik neighborhood (Sheikh Jarrah), hurling rocks and firebombs.

The attacks are the latest in a wave of rioting and other violent incidents by Arabs in the capital during the month of Ramadan.

During the rioting overnight, a Jewish-owned vehicle was set on fire and destroyed by the Arab rioters.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)



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