Muslim rioters, Israeli police clash on Temple Mount for second straight day

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Muslim rioters protesting visits to the Temple Mount during Ramadan and Israeli police clashed for a second straight day at the holy site.

On Monday, the rioters threw rocks, stones and firecrackers at police officers. They had been stockpiling the weapons in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and barricaded themselves inside overnight, according to reports.

Israel Police said they dispersed the rioters.

A small Jewish group has been among the visitors to the site, which is holy to both Jews and Muslims, during the last 10 days of Ramadan. In recent years, police prohibited Jews from visiting the site during the waning days of the Muslim holy month.

It is the first real violence to occur at the site during Ramadan this year.

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