Clashes broke out on the Temple Mount Sunday morning when several dozen Arabs barricaded themselves inside the Al Aqsa Mosque, unfurled a Hamas flag and threw stones at police. Police closed the doors of the Mosque in response.
Several dozen Arabs also rioted at the Damascus Gate and tried to confront the police forces, who acted to break up the riot in order to allow safe passage through the gate.
Police and security forces have been deployed in large numbers throughout Jerusalem since the early morning hours in order to maintain public order and prevent violence during the various Jerusalem Day events which are to be held today.
Preliminary police activity carried out during the night prevented more rioters from arriving in the area.
At the same time, Jewish visits to the Temple Mount began Sunday morning. Several of the visitors reported that they were subject to curses and threats from Arabs during the entirety of their tours of the Temple Mount.
Police noted that “during the last two hours prior to the start of visits to the Temple Mount in accordance with the rules and hours of visitation at the site, masked men began to organize to carry out riots including fireworks, and later entered the mosque. At the moment, the visits are taking place as usual, with fireworks being fired from the mosque, but without affecting the continuation of the visits."