JERUSALEM, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians erupted on Wednesday for the second time this week in Jerusalem's disputed religious compound of Temple Mount, resulting in injuries and the shutdown of the premises, Israeli police spokesperson Mickey Rosenfeld told Xinhua.
Dozens of Palestinians rioted at the compound and hurled stones at Israeli security forces. In response, Israeli police raided the area with tear gas and stun grenades and closed down the site for all visitors.
One Israeli policeman was lightly wounded in the clashes and, according to the Palestinians, 15 of them were injured, including one in serious condition.
The Temple Mount, which was captured from Jordan by Israel amid the 1967 Mideast War, was deemed holy by both Jews and Muslims, as it is the place believed by followers to be the location of both ancient Jewish and Muslim temples.
Run by the Muslim Waqf in Jordan and guarded by Israeli security forces, the Temple Mount is a source of strife between worshipers of both religions, and security forces are present to uphold the status quo in the delicate place. Moreover, Jews are not allowed to pray at the site but can come and visit.
Recently, there have been several, smaller-scale clashes between police and young Palestinians at the Temple Mount.
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