Rioters threw rocks and at least two Molotov cocktails at police, injuring nine, The Times of Israel reported. Four Palestinians were arrested, and dozens complained of injuries, a police spokesman said.
The Temple Mount is one of the most contested holy sites in the region. Beneath the al Aqsa Mosque are the ruins of the biblically-based Jewish Temple, and riots over ownership of the area are common.
But in recent weeks, tensions between Israel and the Palestinians in the West Bank have been especially hot. Talk of a mass uprising — a “Third Intifada” — has been growing louder, The Times of Israel reports.
Such talk has been fueled by the recent death of 40-year-old Palestinian Ayman Samarah during his stay in an Israeli jail, The International News reports.
The Palestinian Authority has launched an investigation, the Jerusalem Post reports, claiming the man died at the hands of Israeli torture.
Israel, which performed an autopsy, denies that accusation and says the Palestinian died of heart failure due to unspecified causes, various media reported.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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