Tourist assaulted after waving Israeli flag on Temple Mount

Police detain French visitor and four Palestinian attackers for questioning

A French tourist being led off the Temple Mount on August 4, 2015 (Screen capture: YouTube)
A French tourist being led off the Temple Mount on August 4, 2015 (Screen capture: YouTube)

A French Christian tourist was assaulted by four Palestinians on Tuesday after waving an Israeli flag at the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem, police said.

The man, in his mid-thirties, sustained light injuries to the head and was taken for medical care, a police spokeswoman said. He was detained and was facing potential charges of disrupting the public order.

Police also detained the four men suspected of assaulting the tourist, identified as residents of East Jerusalem.

The spokeswoman said it was an isolated incident and there was no further violence at the Temple Mount compound, the holiest site for Jews and the third holiest in Islam.

On Sunday, clashes broke out at the compound after masked Palestinian youths threw stones at security forces while protesters held photographs of an 18-month-old child killed in an arson attack in the West Bank suspected to have been carried out by Jewish extremists.

The Temple Mount compound sees frequent clashes between police and Palestinians, at times over Jewish visits that are perceived as an attempt to gain full control over the site, currently under Jordanian custodianship.

Non-Muslims are allowed to visit the compound but are prohibited from praying and Israelis may not display national symbols for fear of triggering tensions with Muslim worshipers.

In a video of the incident, police can be seen extricating the tourist from the group and escorting him off the Temple Mount compound for questioning.

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