Jerusalem District Commander Moshe Edri conducted a security assessment on Thursday evening, at the conclusion of which it was decided to restrict the entry of Muslims to the Temple Mount for Friday prayers, in the wake of the ongoing violence in Jerusalem.
Only men aged 40 and over, and women of all ages, will be allowed to enter the Temple Mount compound on Friday. In addition, the police will reinforce its presence in the eastern and western parts of the city, and particularly around the Old City and the Temple Mount.
The assessment was conducted as the wave of terror in Jerusalem and in the area continued on Thursday evening. In one incident, a bus driver was lightly wounded by rocks thrown at him by Arabs near the village of Hizme in the Binyamin region. He was treated by paramedics and was taken to the Hadassah Hospital.
In another incident, Arabs threw rocks at a bus in Ras al-Amud in eastern Jerusalem. The driver abandoned the bus and when he returned to the scene, accompanied by police officers, he discovered that the bus had caught fire, likely from a firebomb that was thrown at it. Firefighters extinguished the flames and no one was injured in the incident.
In addition, rocks were thrown at the Jerusalem Light Rail near Shuafat. There were no injuries but the train sustained damage.
Arab terrorists also threw a firebomb at the IDF’s Ofrit base in Jerusalem on Thursday night, causing a fire to break out in a forested area near the base.
The base is located on Mount Scopus, near Hadassah Hospital and Hebrew University's Mount Scopus campus.
The violence began just before the Rosh Hashanah holiday, when Arabs attacked Jewish visitors and police officers on the Temple Mount and in the Old City, and has continued since.
Alexander Levlovitz (64) was murdered on the eve of Rosh Hashanah in an attack by Arab terrorists, after a rock hurled through his car's window made him lose control of the vehicle and crash.