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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Jerusalem police faced the third and so far the most violent Friday of Ramadan,
a traditionally tense time when thousands of people pour into the Old City to
pray at the Aksa Mosque, in the shadow of the previous day’s terrorist attacks
in the South.
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Seven were arrested in clashes at Damascus Gate and at the
entrance to the Temple Mount in several incidents.
In the largest
clashes, dozens of Muslims tried to force their way through a police checkpoint
outside Damascus Gate. Police broke up the riots using water cannons and shock
grenades. Two people were arrested.
For the first time during
Ramadan, police had put limitations on Muslims entering the Temple Mount,
allowing only men over age 50 and women over age 40 with blue Israeli ID cards
to enter. These limitations are put in place when violence is anticipated, and
in this case were a response to Thursday’s terrorist attacks near
Hundreds of Muslims who had been denied entry to the Old City
stayed to pray outside Damascus Gate, where police and border police, including
mounted officers, waited tensely.
Prayers ended without additional
In other incidents, one youth was arrested at Lion’s Gate for
trying to circumvent the police blockade and another youth was arrested in the
Ras al-Amud neighborhood for throwing rocks and firecrackers at a checkpoint.