Clashes broke out between Muslim worshipers and police in the Old City of Jerusalem for the third night in a row on Tuesday, in response to Israel placing metal detectors at entrances to the Temple Mount compound following a terror attack in the area.
According to police, after evening prayers at a gate outside the Temple Mount, a group of Muslim worshipers “started throwing rocks and bottles at the officers” who were stationed in the Old City.
In response, the officers used riot dispersal equipment — notably rubber bullets and stun grenades — to break up the clashes, police said.
In videos from the scene, people can be seen running away as stun grenades echo across the Old City’s narrow alleyways.
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The Red Crescent said 34 people were injured, including 14 people needing hospitalization. One person had a serious chest injury, a spokesperson said.
Police said two officers were lightly injured in the fighting.
Police said the area had calmed after the clashes.
“The area’s quiet,” a police spokesperson said.
Similar clashes broke out at the site on Sunday and Monday nights as well, as Muslim worshipers held protest prayers against the metal detectors outside the Temple Mount gates. Full Report