JERUSALEM CLASHES : Abbas asks US to intervene in Temple Mount crisis

Police said that clashes started after the rioters started to throw stones at the security forces

Palestinians and police clashed near Lions' Gate following the noon prayer on Friday. Muslim worshipers also protested and clashed with police forces in Salah a-Din street in East Jerusalem and in Ras al-Amoud.

Police said that clashes started after the rioters started to throw stones at the security forces. Police used water cannons to disperse the rioters.

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Inside the Old City, worshipers gathered after the prayer to protest. Near the Gate of the Council (Bab al-Majlis) the rioters were dispersed by stun grenades.

So far no injuries were reported.

According to Palestinian reports, some 10 residents were arrested in East Jerusalem, among them were Fatah officials.

Some 400 Muslims attended the prayer next to the Gate of the Tribes (Bab al-Asbat), the place the sparked the violence earlier this week. Before the prayer, the preacher called on the attendees to be patient, and said that “the Jews, that are occupying Palestine, are on their way to hell.”

People waiting to prayer told the Jerusalem Post that they oppose violence, and that eventually the Israeli government will remove the metal detectors. “We have patience,” the said.

Earlier this morning the top police command held a special assessment meeting ahead of the prayer.

Police chief Roni Alsheich said that the police's duty is to allow worshipers to practice their beliefs, but at the same time not to allow people to break the law.

“We must remember that last’s week attack was a crossing of a red line,” he said. “They were trying to harm the delicate situation of the Temple Mount. But the Israel Police is here to prevent every attempt to unbalance the the order here.”

Alsheich also called on the Palestinian leadership to prevent further escalation of the situation. “I call on the Arab leadership to show responsibly and not to fan the flames,” he said. 

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