Border Police officers patrol Temple Mount.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Police arrested a Muslim man on the Temple Mount Monday morning after he allegedly threw rocks and shoes at a group of Jewish visitors.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the attack took place shortly before 11 a.m., when the suspect threw the objects at the group before attempting to flee the area. No one was hurt, he said.
“Police and security guards immediately apprehended the suspect and placed him under arrest, to ensure visitors could continue without any further disruptions,” said Rosenfeld.
The attack comes amid significantly heightened security at the contested holy site for the month of Ramadan, during which tens of thousands of Muslims have made pilgrimages to al-Aksa Mosque.
While no disruptions have been reported on the Temple Mount since the holiday commenced, a terrorist attack against a Border Police officer outside the Old City’s Damascus Gate on June 21 left the officer in critical condition.
The assailant was shot at the scene and taken to an area hospital in serious condition.
Days later, rocket fire from the Gaza Strip resulted in the government rescinding 500 entry permits to Jerusalem for residents of the coastal enclave to pray at Muslim’s third holiest site.
In a gesture of goodwill, the day before Ramadan the IDF announced that it would significantly ease border restrictions to allow hundreds of Palestinians from Gaza and the West Bank pray in Jerusalem, and visit with separated families.