Jerusalem - Police Clash With Muslims En Route To US Consulate Protest
Jerusalem - Jerusalem police clashed with hundreds of Muslim youth Friday after they stormed out of prayers atop the Temple Mount in the direction of the Damascus Gate. Police said the rioters were on their way to the US consulate, presumably to protest against a film denigrating the Prophet Mohammad, which has already sparked mass protests in Libya, Egypt and Yemen, resulting in the deaths of four Americans.
The youths threw stones at the police officers, who responded by firing tear gas canisters to disperse the rioters.
A few officers were lightly injured from smoke inhalation. Forces arrested a number of the stone throwers.
Police were prepared for the possibility of riots in Jerusalem, as Border Police and other patrol units fanned out across the Old City ahead of traditional Friday prayers.
Despite an awareness of potential violence, police did not announced restricted access to the Temple Mount. Often if serious rioting is anticipated only men over age 40 are allowed to enter.
In a rare move, the US State Department on Thursday issued a travel warning for Jerusalem, urging American citizens to â€śdefer nonessential travel and exercise caution.â€ť
Also Thursday, around 50 activists gathered outside the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, chanting â€śGod is Greatâ€ť and waving the green flags of the Israel Islamic Movement. Attorney Zahi Nujeidat, spokesman for the group, said that the protesters came from across Israel to the embassy to â€śexpress our rage about this despicable movie that has harmed the honor of our prophet.â€ť
Content is provided courtesy of the Jerusalem Post
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