Israeli police have closed the Temple Mount to non-Muslim visitors until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan following several days of Palestinian riots, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.
Police said several masked youth attacked Israeli Jews, tourists, and officers at the site — the holiest in Judaism and home to al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam — on Sunday and Monday. The violence continued on Tuesday, when rocks and other objects were thrown at Jewish worshipers in the Western Wall, which the Temple Mount overlooks. One 73-year-old woman praying at the plaza was struck in the head by a rock and treated on-site for her injury. Sixteen suspects were arrested during the riots.
Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat slammed the determination to close the site to non-Muslims, saying “we must not make decisions under pressure from violent disturbances.”