(JNS.org) Dozens of masked Palestinian youths shot fireworks at police officers at the Mughrabi Gate as the Temple Mount was opened for visitors on Wednesday morning before Rosh Hashanah, Israel Hayom reported.
The Israel Police Special Patrol Unit and Border Police rounded up the rioters in an effort to get them into the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount. Besides shooting fireworks, the rioters—who had blocked the last entry gate into the mosque—threw stones at police and sprayed them with an unidentified liquid.
Security forces, working under a barrage of stones, managed to remove the blockade at the entrance to the mosque and to get all the rioters inside. Several police officers were lightly wounded from the stones and fireworks, and were treated by police paramedics on site.
The riot broke out during Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch’s visit to the Temple Mount. He was touring the area with Jerusalem District Police Commander Yossi Pariente to review security at the contentious religious landmark. The tour was stopped and then restarted once the riot was under control.