Temple Mount Riot in Jerusalem: Hundreds of Palestinians Clash with Israeli Police
Police use crowd dispersal methods to restore order after dozens of Palestinians hurl stones, firecrackers. Amid heightened tensions between Palestinians and Israelis as peace talks falter, a brief maelstrom of violence erupted Wednesday morning as soon as police opened the gate to the Temple Mount to visitors gathered from around the globe. Upon unlocking the Mugrabi Gate at approximately 7:30 a.m., police were pelted with rocks and firecrackers hurled by dozens of Palestinian youths. one officer was lightly wounded. Armed with nonlethal stun grenades and tear gas, police units entered the compound surrounding al-Aksa Mosque, where some of the rioters barricaded themselves inside, police said. According to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, riot-control units used the nonlethal weapons to disperse the crowd in less than 30 minutes. He added that despite Palestinian claims that 25 of the rioters were wounded -- 15 of them moderately and one seriously -- no serious injuries were reported.
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