As Fresh Clashes Erupt, Police Close Temple Mount to Tourists

Israeli riot police clash with Palestinian demonstrators at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound following Friday prayers on March 8, 2013.

The Times of Israel reports: Police on Tuesday announced that Jerusalem’s Temple Mount would be closed to tourists for three days and that extra forces would be deployed to prevent rioting at the religious site in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Palestinians threw rocks at Israeli police at the contested holy site Tuesday morning, and a stone struck a 73-year-old Jewish woman in the Western Wall plaza, which is overlooked by the mount. She suffered minor injuries and received medical treatment on site.

In response to the stone-throwing, police entered the compound to prevent further incidents, arresting 16 people for their involvement in the disturbances. A police spokesman said the situation was “under control.”

The closure of the Temple Mount, known to Muslims as the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, through Thursday came on the third day of clashes between security forces and Palestinian rioters. Authorities allowed tourists, including Jewish groups, to visit the area during the sensitive last 10 days of Ramadan.

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