JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli police arrested a Temple Mount guard from the Muslim Waqf following a clash over allowing a group of Arab youths on the site.
The Border Police reportedly believed that the youths who arrived at the site on Monday were planning to disturb the peace, according to Ynet. The Palestinian Maan news agency reported that the youths were visiting as part of a summer camp activity.
After the police prevented the youths from entering the site, the guard reportedly attacked the Israeli security forces. He was subdued with pepper spray and arrested, Ynet reported.
Maan reported that the Israeli security forces attacked Waqf guards without provocation.
The Jordanian Waqf is the Muslim religious administration charged with managing the Temple Mount site. Jews generally are not permitted by the Waqf to pray or bring any ritual objects to the Temple Mount when they visit.