Police issue their first statement on the decision to stop buses carrying Arab Israelis to the Temple Mount following major clashes there last night, saying there were suspicions some passengers were planning to riot at the Jerusalem holy site.
“After the suspicions were verified, the same passengers were asked to get off the bus and turn around. After the passengers planing to take part in protests got off, the buses were allowed to continue,” a police statement says.
The statement adds: “The Israel Police respect all religions and will continue to allow freedom of worship. With this, the police will not allow protestors to reach Jerusalem to take part in violent disturbances.”