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Tense quiet in Jerusalem
March 17, 2010 03:15
Temple Mount open, thousands of cops deployed in capital after Tuesday's unrest.
Palestinian stone throwers, some of them carrying

issawiya hamas flag arab riot 311. (photo credit:Ariel Jerozolimski)

Thousands of police, border police and special forces were deployed on Jerusalem’s streets on Wednesday amid fears that Palestinian riots might flare up again in the capital.

However, the official estimate was that the unrest would not resume, and the Temple Mount compound was accordingly open for visitors of all persuasions. 

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Overnight Tuesday, a closure on the West Bank was lifted after it had been enforced for three days.

Unrest on Tuesday included Arabs, some masked, throwing rocks, setting tires and garbage bins ablaze in east Jerusalem and even using live fire against police forces deployed by the thousands in the capital.

The rioting erupted in the Muslim quarter of the Old City, along with the east Jerusalem neighborhoods of Wadi Joz, Ras el-Amud, Isawiya, the Shuafat refugee camp and Jebl Mukaber, among other locations.

Throughout the day, more than 60 rioters were arrested for throwing rocks, among other violations, and 15 policemen were wounded. Four of those officers were evacuated for medical treatment, while the rest were treated at the scene.

According to Palestinian reports, more than 100 people sustained injuries during the unrest. Palestinian medics said 10 people were seriously wounded, five from rubber bullets.

Abe Selig contributed to this report.
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