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Sixteen arrested after clashes at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque

Published on Apr 20, 2014 4:30 PM
 
A Palestinian child gestures towards a member of the Israeli security forces as he stands guard in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ras al-Amud on April 18, 2014. Israeli police arrested 16 Palestinians on Sunday, April 20, 2014, as they clashed with demonstrators at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, a sensitive holy site that is frequently the scene of tensions. -- PHOTO: AFP

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli police arrested 16 Palestinians on 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.

 
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