Click here to watch: Riots Break out on The Temple Mount, Two Police Officers Injured
Police arrested three Arab rioters Tuesday morning on suspicion of throwing rocks and firecrackers at police on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, right after police opened the Rambam Gate entrance to the Mount. Two police officers were wounded and are being taken to Sha’arei Tzedek Hospital. According to Kikar HaShabbat, dozens of Muslims began throwing rocks and fireworks at police once the gate, which is the only entrance through which Jews may enter the Mount, was opened. A police force dispersed the rioters through the use of stun grenades. Police have closed the Mount to Jewish visitors as a result of the riots, which have a direct connection to talks over religious freedom at the Mount due to commence Tuesday. Israeli police Tuesday entered the Temple Mount area to disperse stone-throwing Arab rioters, a police spokesman said. Police used stun grenades to disperse the rioters, Micky Rosenfeld told AFP, explaining that there was “high tension” ahead of discussions expected in the Knesset later Tuesday regarding the Temple Mount
The Jerusalem District Court sentenced two Shu’afat residents Tuesday who are convicted of launching firebombs at police forces on the Temple Mount in March 2013. The two were convicted after confessing to conspiracy to commit a crime, manufacturing weapons and aggravated assault. One was sentenced to a conditional suspended sentence of six and a half years’ imprisonment, the other was sentenced to 32 months in prison. According to the indictment, one of the Molotov cocktails hit the vest of Officer Binyamin Koretzky, setting him alight. At the time, Koretzky was on duty with a SWAT team who had entered the mount to stop rioting. “I saw a ball of fire and flames began consuming my equipment and my uniform,” the officer recounted. He fell to his knees in an attempt to extinguish himself, then rolled on the ground. Eventually, fellow officers managed to help him extinguish the flames by pouring water on him and patting out the fire. His leg was burned and he left to find help. Luckily, Koretzky said, the only mark that remained was a small scar on his leg. His equipment was protected by fire retardant casings.
Source: Arutz Sheva
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