Police units disperse people in Jerusalem's Old City amid tensions

July 16, 2017 22:37
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Police units dispersed a number of people at the Lion's Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem, following tensions in the area, according to police sources. No injuries were reported.

This comes after Israeli police lifted a ban on Sunday on Muslim worshipers entering Jerusalem's Temple Mount compound, after it was closed in the wake of a deadly attack that resulted in the deaths of two Border Police officers at the contested holy site on Friday.

A police spokesperson told The Jerusalem Post that at this stage, two gates will open to the public: The Gate of the Tribes (Bab al-asbat) and The Council Gate (Bab al-Majlis).

Protesters were evacuated earlier on Sunday from the plaza of the Gate of the Tribes by police after violent clashes were sparked. According to the local residents, the violence began when one of the protesters threw a bottle of water at three passing Jewish women.

According to a Red Crescent medic at the scene, four people were injured during the clashes. A police spokesman said one suspect was arrested for attempting to attack a police officer during the incident.

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