Clashes in Jerusalem's Temple Mount

Tear gas and rubber bullets used after Friday prayers

27 July, 15:17

    TEL AVIV - Clashes erupted today on Jerusalem's Temple Mount after Friday prayers at the al-Aqsa mosque. Palestinian websites reported that Israeli police had stormed the mosque complex and made use of tear gas. The WAFA news agency said that dozens of Palestinians had been injured, suffered tear gas inhalation or were injured by rubber-coated bullets shot by the police. ''After Friday prayers,'' a Jerusalem police spokesman said, ''for an unknown reason heavy stone throwing at police began accompanied by the shooting of fireworks'' at the level of people's heads. ''On the orders of the Jerusalem police chief,'' he added, ''our police forces then entered Temple Mount and began to clear out the people there.'' Palestinian sources say that the police used tear gas and deafening petards. Dozens of those who had been attending the weekly communal Muslim prayer, they said, suffered tear gas inhalation or were injured.
    Some website report that a policeman suffered a facial injury from a stone thrown at him. The police seem to have regain control of Temple Mount and the clashes have stopped. 

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