Arabs riot in Jerusalem

Monday, September 27, 2010 |  Ryan Jones

Arab mobs attacked police and Jewish civilians in and around Jerusalem’s Old City throughout the weekend causing a number of injuries and widespread damage.

The attacks started on Friday, when Israeli security officials fearing an outburst of violence from atop the Temple Mount restricted entry for weekly prayers to Muslims over the age of 50.

During the violence, at least 12 Israelis were wounded by stones and home-made firebombs. Many of the victims were Jewish worshippers who had been praying at the Western Wall when Muslims hurled stones down from the Temple Mount above.

The attacks also spread to the adjacent Arab-dominated neighborhood of Silwan (the City of David), where a number of sukkot (or booths) were set ablaze by Arab rioters. Local residents said they felt under siege.

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