Violent Mob Attacks Police on Temple Mount

Dozens of Muslim rioters attacked the Israel Police on the Temple Mount on Sunday, ahead of the Sukkot holiday beginning Sunday night.

A police statement said young Palestinian Arabs "threw rocks and fireworks at police and border police forces," who responded with "riot dispersal means." 

No injuries were reported. 

The perpetrators were apparently part of the Mourabitoun, Muslim women who serve as guards over the Mount by harassing and occasionally assaulting Jews who visit, according to Walla!.

The Mourabiton were recently banned from the Temple Mount for their history of provocative behavior. 

The band apparently ascended the Temple Mount at night and stayed there to stage the riot, as well as flouting recent security measures designed to reduce violence at Judaism's holiest site. 

Violence has been going on at the Temple Mount complex since before Rosh Hashanah, when masked Muslim rioters hurled rocks and fireworks at police on the Temple Mount, as well as firebombs near two entrances to the site. Riots have continued on and off for over a week.

Sunday's rioting was apparently meant to mark the upcoming Jewish holiday – not to attack Jewish visitors themselves – as the Mount was closed to Jewish visitors entirely in anticipation of more unrest. 


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