Dozens of Arab rioters, primarily young men, were on Monday holed up in the Al-Aqsa Mosque atop the Temple Mount.
The site was surrounded by Israeli police forces, who entered the plaza atop the holy site before 7 a.m. after receiving information according to which Palestinian activists had gathered stones and set barbed wire obstacles in preparation for planned attacks against Jewish visitors to the site.
When they entered the site Monday morning, police were met with thrown rocks, firebombs and fireworks, Israel Radio reported. The rioters were pushed back into the mosque, and remain holed up there surrounded by police forces. Police removed multiple obstacles on the site, including stretches of barbed wire.
The site was opened to Jewish visitors at 7:30 a.m.
On Sunday, the Temple Mount was closed to Jewish visitors, and streets were closed off around the Old City to vehicular traffic, as tens of thousands of Jewish worshipers gathered at the Western Wall for holiday prayers…
(Photo: Israeli Border Police guard at the entrance to the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, on Monday, October 13, 2014.)