Jordan’s foreign ministry summoned Israeli ambassador Daniel Nevo to protest Israel’s actions in Jerusalem’s Temple Mount during clashes with Palestinian protesters in recent days, Jordanian media reported Monday evening.
Jordanian officials protested what they called a “gross breach of international law and of the peace agreement between the two nations.”
They accused Israel of allowing extremist Israeli Jews to enter the compound and of attacking Muslim worshippers at the al-Aqsa mosque.
The Jordanians said they placed full responsibility on Israel for maintaining security and peace in the Temple Mount.
On Sunday Israeli police clashed with dozens of Arab stone throwers on the Temple Mount as thousands of Christian worshipers descended on the Old City for Easter Sunday.
At least 16 rock-throwers were arrested, police said, and two Border Police officers were lightly injured during the incident, which came after Israeli authorities opened the site, holy to both Judaism and Islam, to tourists. According to Palestinian media, police stormed the al-Aqsa mosque and injured several Palestinians.
Sunday’s renewed violence accompanied the rare coincidence of both Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Easter, which has drawn thousands of Christian faithful to Jerusalem’s Old City. The police dispatched large numbers of officers across the historic area of Jerusalem to help maintain security.
On Thursday, authorities closed the Temple Mount to Jewish visitors and tourists as a precaution against a repeat of violent clashes at the site the day before.
On Wednesday, riots broke out on the Temple Mount compound, as Palestinians protested a visit to the holy site by Jewish pilgrims and tourists. Dozens of Palestinian protesters and an Israeli policeman were wounded during clashes, the second such incident in a week.
Tensions have grown lately with an increased number of Jews arriving to pray on the Temple Mount. Israel permits Jews to ascend to the Temple Mount for visits, but they are barred from praying at the site. These visits often stoke rumors that Israel is preparing to take over the site.
Gavriel Fiske, AP and AFP contributed to this report.