Friday, 21 July morning, dozens of Muslims went up to the temple mount for prayers and remained there for several hours. At the same time, Muslims prayed in the square of RAS al-Amud, the street of Salah ad-DIN, near the Rockefeller Museum. At the end of prayers, the Arabs began to throw stones at police officers. During the riots, police arrested one suspect. Was applied non-lethal weapons to disperse the crowd.
In the second half of the day to al-Aqsa mosque rushed hundreds of Arabs. Clashes broke out with police guarding the entrance to the temple mount. Service «red Crescent» reported eight wounded. The police had to use lethal weapons to disperse demonstrations, including stun grenades.
Representatives of security services of Israel said that the responsibility for the disturbances must be imposed on Arab Knesset members and religious leaders participated in prayers in the Old city.
Inspector-General of police, Roni Alsheikh called on Arab leaders to commit themselves to eradicate violence and prevent the escalation of the conflict around the Temple mount. However, he stressed that the security forces are ready for any scenario and will do everything to make the life of the city as quickly as possible back to normal.
We will remind, during the night session of the military-political Cabinet, contrary to the position of the IDF and General security service (Shin bet), took the decision not to dismantle installed at the entrances to the temple mount, a framework of metal detectors and pass the right to decide the leadership of the police.
Police are on high alert. In the city tightened several thousand staff from other districts. The IDF has canceled off five infantry battalions stationed in Judea and Samaria.
At the entrances to the Jerusalem police placed roadblocks to prevent the massive arrival of Muslim Arabs in the area of the Temple mount.
The Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the national front for the liberation of Palestine called on its supporters to «hold the day of wrath, and come to Friday prayers in the mosque «al-Aqsa».
With the same appeals serve as the leaders of the banned Northern wing of the Islamic movement. The mufti of Jerusalem urged to close all the mosques of the city to the Muslims of the capital came to the «al-Aqsa».
The Temple mount riots. According to the Palestinian ambulance service, red Crescent in clashes with the police in the area of the Lion gate in Jerusalem injured 42 people. The press service of the police, in turn, said five police were slightly injured.
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