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3 Palestinians arrested in clashes in east Jerusalem

English.news.cn   2014-02-25 19:50:47

JERUSALEM, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- Three Palestinian rioters were arrested during clashes with security forces Tuesday morning at the Temple Mount in east Jerusalem, police said.

Dozens of youths hurled stones and firecrackers at police following the opening of the Mughrabi Gate, the visitors' access to the site, Palestinian media said, adding that police responded with stun grenades to disperse the crowd, injuring several people.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that two officers were lightly injured, and denied reports of injuries among the rioters.

"Following security assessments, it was decided to close the Temple Mount for all visitors, except Muslim worshippers, in order to prevent further disturbances," Rosenfeld said.

The clashes erupted as the Israeli parliament was scheduled to debate later in the day a bill submitted by a far-right lawmaker that seeks to apply Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount, a focal point of friction between Muslims and Jews.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed his opposition to the bill proposed by Moshe Feiglin of Likud, the Ynet news site said, adding that the bill does not have sufficient support to pass.

Editor: chengyang
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