Hundreds throw stones at police on Temple Mount
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Hundreds throw stones at police on Temple Mount

Security forces break up demonstration; five youths arrested

Illustrative of a masked Palestinian youth near the Dome of the Rock during clashes with Israeli riot police following Friday prayers at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound on September 6, 2013. (photo credit: Sliman Khader/Flash90)
Illustrative of a masked Palestinian youth near the Dome of the Rock during clashes with Israeli riot police following Friday prayers at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound on September 6, 2013. (photo credit: Sliman Khader/Flash90)

Hundreds of young worshipers flung rocks at Israeli police on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount just after Muslim Friday prayers concluded at the al-Aqsa mosque.

Police forces broke up the demonstration using stun grenades. No injuries were reported.

Five suspects were arrested in the incident.

The contested site has been relatively quiet since an uptick in violent incidents in early December 2013. In one incident, several people within the mosque shot fireworks at police, setting off a brief scuffle.

Two days earlier, two Jews and two Arabs were arrested when a melee broke out after a Jewish group under police protection began to sing Hanukkah songs.

Jews are allowed atop the Temple Mount, but are often closely watched by security forces and are forbidden to pray in any way while at the sensitive site.

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