Scuffle between police, Christians caught on tape

Security around the pope’s visit has been notoriously tight in Jerusalem, but problems haven’t only centered around traffic.

A video, posted online by Palestinian outlet Ehna TV Monday, shows a group of people waving Vatican flags outside the Old City clashing with police, who are working to close the road.

The TV station claims the incident took place Monday afternoon, but police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld tells The Times of Israel that the only incident of that type occurred Sunday afternoon.

According to Ehna, the group was composed of Christians awaiting the pope’s visit.

In the video two people can be seen being detained. However Rosenfeld says they were only removed from the area. He says the gathering took place without a permit.

“There were a few scuffles,” he says.

There were no altercations or arrests related to the pope’s visit on Monday, Rosenfeld says.

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