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Up to 50 injured in Temple Mount clashes amid new security measures

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah (center) stands next to the Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Hussein (right) outside Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock mosque on October 27, 2014.
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The ruling political party, Fatah, also issued calls for 'Day of Rage' protests on Wednesday

The Red Crescent reported that at least 50 Palestinians and one officer were injured in clashes that erupted on the Temple Mount on Monday night, the Times of Israel reported.

The Clashes broke out between Muslim worshipers and Israeli police on Monday amid new security measures Israel introduced this weekend on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City.

Policemen chucked stun grenades at protesters who had gathered at the Old City's Lion Gate on Monday evening. One of the wounded included Palestinian leader Mustafa Barghouti, who was reportedly shot in the head by a rubber bullet and brought to al-Makassed Hospital in east Jerusalem.

Tensions have mounted as Israel installed metal detectors outside the Temple Mount's nine gates this weekend.

The security measures were placed in response to a terror attack on Friday, where three Israeli-Arab assailants attacked two Israeli policemen on the Temple Mount, killing both of them. The site is holy to both Muslims and Jews.

Palestinian worshipers say that the new devices infringe on the status quo and until they are removed, they have boycotted prayer on the Temple Mount. The ruling Fatah party has called for mass civil disobedience later in the week.

The protesters chanted "Allah Akbar," or "God is Great," reported Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronoth.

Earlier in the day, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said that the new Israeli measures could lead to a deterioration in the security situation and an escalation in tensions between the Palestinians and the Israeli army, Hamdallah added.

"The city of Jerusalem is witnessing unprecedented Israeli violations and the blatant targeting of the Aqsa Mosque and its closure and the imposition of restrictions on worshipers," Hamdallah said earlier on Monday as reported by the Gaza-based Watania News Agency.

The Palestinian prime minister's remarks come at the same time as the ruling Palestinian Fatah party issued calls for a "Day of Rage" on Wednesday.

Fatah is rallying Palestinians to march towards the Temple Mount's al-Aqsa mosque on Wednesday. And for the Muslim holy day on Friday, Fatah is organizing a special prayer setting in the public squares of all West Bank Palestinian cities.

The remarks came during a telephone call between Hamdallah and his Jordanian counterpart, Hani al-Mulqi, to discuss the latest developments in Jerusalem and the Israeli measures with Al-Aqsa Mosque.

"We call upon the countries of the world to stand by their responsibilities in protecting the holy city and its people, preserving its Arab and Islamic character and identity, and confronting Israel's attempts to change the status quo." The international community continues its silence regarding what is happening in Jerusalem and its holy sites," Hamdallah said, as reported by Watania News Agency.

Jordan is the official custodian of the Temple Mount, which is located in east Jerusalem's Old City. The international community does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem in the absence of a peace agreement with the Palestinians.



These people are nuts. We have metal detectors st every entrance to the Kotel Plaza and no one has complained.

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