Five arrested at entrance to Temple Mount

Israeli police arrest five Jewish men after they clash with police, Arabs.

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Israeli police have arrested five Jewish men after a clash with police and Arab residents of the Old City.

Israeli police said the men arrived at one of the entrances to the Temple Mount in order to pray and got into a fight with local residents. After police arrived, the men refused requests to leave the area and scuffled with the authorities.

Jews are barred from praying on the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site, which has prompted some Jews to pray at entrances to the site. Police said that some 1,800 people have visited the site since Monday, the beginning of the Passover holiday when it’s traditional for Jews to make pilgrimages to Jerusalem.

Earlier this week, Israeli police arrested 17 people — including several minors — for allegedly attempting to smuggle baby goats onto the Temple Mount in an effort to reenact the ancient Passover sacrifice. Six goats were handed over to Israel’s Agriculture Ministry.