Shocking Footage Shows Israeli Police on Temple Mount Facing Barrage of Rocks, Flares (VIDEO)
Footage released on Monday of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount shows a barrage of incendiary devices and rocks being shot and hurled at law enforcement officials by rioters inside the Al-Aqsa mosque.
Palestinians inside the mosque blocked off an entrance to the holy site with barbed wire and furniture to prevent the officers from entering. The video shows police forces holding riot shields as they face the onslaught while trying to remove the makeshift obstruction. Officers are seen hurling aside the barbed wire and a large book cabinet before sealing off the building with the protesters inside.
At the end of the clip Jewish visitors are seen walking about the Temple Mount while Israeli forces stand guard.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said officers raided the mosque, which is Islam’s third holiest site, after receiving information that protesters planned to start a riot and disrupt visitors, The Daily Mail reported.
“[Officers] surprised the rioters, pushing them back and found petrol bombs, rocks, stones, bottles at the scene that would have been used to attack visitors … It was a police initiative to prevent disturbances,” Rosenfeld said.
There were no reports of injuries or other incidents on the Temple Mount, The Daily Mail noted. Four protesters were arrested following the violence.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday denied claims that measures will be taken to restrict access for Muslims to the holy site. He also blamed “Palestinian extremists” for the violence.
“Palestinian extremists [are] instigating violence through incitement …, false and baseless rumors that (Israel is) threatening the Muslim holy places and nothing could be further from the truth,” he said after meeting United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem. “I am committed and Israel is committed to maintaining the status quo exactly as it has been for many decades.”
Watch Israeli police forces face a barrage of attacks from Temple Mount rioters in the video below: