When violence started following Friday’s Ramadan morning prayers, Israeli police battled with masked, stone-throwing Palestinians at a sacred site in Jerusalem’s Old City, authorities claimed.
Tensions have been rising in Jerusalem as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan coincided with the Jewish Passover and the Christian Easter festival this year. In addition, Israeli security personnel have been on high alert following a string of fatal Arab street assaults around the nation in the last two weeks.
Police claimed they entered the site, known as the Temple Mount by Jews and the Noble Sanctuary by Muslims, to disperse a hostile throng that had gathered at the end of the morning services.
When a number of Palestinians began hurling rocks at the adjoining Jewish prayer place of the Western Wall, police entered the property “to disperse and drive back” the gathering, according to police.
According to the Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance service, 59 individuals were injured.