Fearing Islamic rioting, police are imposing an age minimum on Har Habayis for Muslims on the first Friday of Ramadan. Only men who are 50 or older and carry an Israeli identity card will be permitted onto Har Habayis. There are no restrictions for women.
Arab rioting was reported in areas of the capital during the night. Some of the areas in which violence was reported include Mount Scopus, Issawiya, the Old City, Shar Shechem, Har HaZeisim and Tzur Baher. Two policemen and a civilian were injured as a result of being hit with rocks. In Tzur Baher, some 30 masked Arabs bombarded police with rocks. Swastikas were painted on some area walls, including one of the approaches to Har Habayis.
A passenger on a bus was injured in a rock-throwing attack against an Egged 174 bus traveling near the a-Zaim Checkpoint in Yerushalayim on Thursday night. The injured man was transported by Magen David Adom to Shaare Tzedek Medical Center.
Shots were fired at the checkpoint on the Minharot Tunnel Highway in Gush Etzion in the southbound direction.
A bus traveling on Route 65 in the Nachal I’ron (Wadi Ara) area was targeted by Arabs throwing stones.
A girl was injured by rocks thrown at the 215 bus near Mount Scopus.
Security forces arrested six terrorists in Beit Haninah area of Yerushalayim. They were armed with knives and firebombs.
Three Jewish men were attacked during the night with rocks after they mistakenly entered Bitilu, a PA (Palestinian Authority) village in the Ramallah district. They apparently ended out in the village after having to take a detour from the main road, which was blocked with a suspicious object. One villager brought them to his home and IDF officials were notified. They were extricated from the village without injuries B”H.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)