rioters exploit the #alAqsa #mosque
for attacks during Jewish holy day
On Sunday morning, a group of young Arab men rioted on the @TempleMount/ Haram al-Sharif plaza in #Jerusalem
's Old City. The riots were launched with the intent of disrupting visits by Jews to the Temple Mount plaza - the holiest site in #Judaism
- during Tisha B'Av (the 9th of Av), a holy day of mourning to commemorate the destruction of the first and second Jewish Temples, as well as to interrupt the normal visits of tourists to the plaza and attack Israel police officers.
Officers entered the compound shortly after 7:30 a.m., after receiving intelligence that a large group of masked #Palestinian
youths had barricaded themselves overnight in al-Aqsa mosque in order to attack Jewish visitors on Sunday morning. The police were attacked immediately upon entering the Temple Mount compound by Palestinians armed with rocks, firebombs, fireworks and metal pipes. Four officers were lightly wounded during the confrontation.