#AceNewsServices – ISRAEL (Jerusalem) – October 08 – Dozens of masked Arab rioters locked themselves inside the Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount Wednesday morning after they injured at least four policemen with fire-bombs, cement blocks and large rocks during visits by Jews and foreign tourists to the holy site.
Jerusalem police remove barricade from Al Aqsa mosque as Arabs riot Wednesday morning.
Photo Credit: Jerusalem police
One of the fire-bombs was hurled from within the mosque. At least one of the policemen was directly hit by a Molotov cocktail, which struck his protective gear. The bottle exploded but did not ignite.
Policemen were treated at the scene for light injuries, and several Arabs reportedly were hurt in the violence that continued at least until noon.
Unlike previous riots, the police did not bar Jews and tourists from continuing to visit the Temple Mount compound.
Police said they will “continue to take action to show zero tolerance in the face of any attempt to disturb the peace and will act to arrest rioters and bring them to trial.”
The tough stand comes after years of escalating violence by Arabs to keep Jews off of the Temple Mount site.
Arabs blocked the entrance to the Al Aqsa mosque with marble slabs, ropes and anything else that does not move, and then even poured inflammable liquid on the barricade, which police succeeded in removing.