Police officers injured in Israeli-Arab riot in Jaffa

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — Three Israel Police officers were injured during clashes with Israeli-Arab protesters in Jaffa in central Israel.

The clashes between the protesters and police took place Tuesday night during a pro-Palestinian demonstration that turned into a riot.

Jaffa, a mixed Jewish and Arab city, is located in the southern part of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality.

Two protesters were arrested during the riot on suspicion of assaulting police officers. During the demonstration, which according to the Israel Police was held without a permit, protesters threw stones at police and cars, and blocked roads with trash cans and tires.

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Also on Tuesday, Israel Police announced it would lift restrictions on the entry of access to Muslim worshippers on the Temple Mount.

“So far the decision is to return to normal procedures, with no restrictions on entry of worshippers,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement, AFP reported. The police said the decision could change depending on security concerns.

Palestinians were banned from Jerusalem’s Old City and access to the Temple Mount for Muslim prayer was limited to men aged 50 and over in the wake of  a stabbing attack in Jerusalem that left two men dead.

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