Israeli police arrested 16 Palestinians Sunday as they clashed with demonstrators at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, a sensitive holy site that is frequently the scene of tensions.
“This morning, after the site was opened for visitors and tourists, the suspects threw rocks at the police, wounding two of them,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.
After police dispersed the crowd with sound grenades the demonstrators took shelter in the Al-Aqsa mosque, which police are not allowed to enter, he said.
A police statement later said 16 “Arab rioters” had been arrested.
The mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City — built on the holiest site in Judaism and considered the third holiest in Islam — has over the past week seen clashes between Muslim protesters and Israeli police…