Temple Mount closed to Jews, tourists

Cnaan Liphshiz

(JTA) — Israeli police closed the Temple Mount to Jews and tourists following riots.

The closure was imposed Thursday morning, as police arrested six Arabs who are suspected of taking part in riots and stone-throwing on visitors in recent days, Army Radio reported.

During the arrests, security forces discovered two home-made rifles, a magazine and ammunition. Israel Police detectives confiscated the firearms for further analysis, according to the news site nrg.co.il.

Several dozen Palestinian protesters and an Israeli policeman were wounded Wednesday on the Temple Mount after rioting broke out over the site’s opening to Jewish visitors.

The site is overseen by the Muslim Wakf, the Muslim religious administration charged with managing the Temple Mount site. Jews generally are not permitted by the Wakf to pray or bring any ritual objects to the Temple Mount when they visit.

Separately, four Israelis sustained minor injuries after their car was hit by stones in the West Bank settlement of Tekoa south of Jerusalem, Israel Radio reported Thursday.

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