13 arrested for throwing rocks, Molotov cocktails

Police remain on high alert in Jerusalem after several incidents over Yom Kippur holiday

Israeli police arrest a young Palestinian during a protest in Jerusalem's Old City on September 22, 2015. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Israeli police arrest a young Palestinian during a protest in Jerusalem's Old City on September 22, 2015. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Israeli police arrested 13 people, including nine minors, overnight Wednesday on suspicion of throwing stones and Molotov cocktails, as Israel continues to battle of rash of violence.

The detainees were arrested by the police in east Jerusalem. They were held in a police-initiated operation targeting rock throwers.

Israeli forces have been attempting crack down on rock throwers amid a rash of violent incidents in Jerusalem and the West Bank, sparked over tensions surrounding the Temple Mount.

Over the Yom Kippur holiday, police reported several instances of rock throwing in the capital, including two cases in Beit Hanina, Pisgat Ze’ev and Talpiot, all of which resulted in no injuries. A Magen David Adom Ambulance sustained minor damage from a rock-throwing incident.

Clashes also broke out between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops in Hebron after the funeral of a woman shot by Israeli troops after they say she tried to stab a soldier.

A witness disputed the account and said the woman did not attack soldiers.

Overnight Tuesday, firefighters responded to a fire in a residential building in the Abu Tor neighborhood of Jerusalem, Channel 2 reported. Officials believe the fire was sparked by a firebomb thrown at the apartment building. No injuries or damage were reported.

Police in Jerusalem are still on increased alert across the city, a statement said, with the largest number of officers deployed in East Jerusalem and around the Old City and the Temple Mount.

Officials said Wednesday night they would ease access for Muslim worshipers to the Temple Mount during Thursday’s Eid-al-Adha holiday, while banning Jewish pilgrims and tourists.

Muslim Israeli citizens will face no restrictions, while married Palestinian men from the West Bank over 45 years of age, and women 30 years old and over will be allowed to pray at the site, according to police and Defense Ministry instructions.

The compound, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, houses the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque. It is the third-holiest site in Islam and the holiest in Judaism.

The directive comes after a full closure on the West Bank and the shutting of all crossings between Israel and Gaza over the Yom Kippur holiday.

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