Jordan today condemned a visit by Jews to the Har Habayis earlier in the day as a provocative act designed to ignite hostilities after violent clashes at the holy site between Arab rioters and Israeli security forces left several officers injured.
Jordan called the clashes a “violation” of the site. Some 1,200 Israelis visited the Har Habayis today, Tisha B’Av.
Among the group of Jews who visited the Har Habayis was Housing Minister Uri Ariel of Bayit Yehudi.
“The violation of the sacredness of Haram al-Sharif or holy sanctuary, and the assault against its guards and the worshipers, are a violation of the feelings of all Arabs and Muslims and are designed to ignite further hostility,” Jordanian minister Mohammad Momani said, according to state-run media.
Ensuing skirmishes between police and Muslim rioters on the Har Habayis left four police officers injured. Several Arab protesters were arrested. Footage uploaded by the Israel Police of Sunday’s incident appeared to show masked Palestinian protesters throwing rocks and firing firecrackers at officers.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri on Sunday called the “storming” of the compound was a “dangerous escalation,” according to the Islamist terrorist group’s website.
According to police, the protesters had stockpiled homemade explosives, firecrackers and wooden boards inside the mosque, with the intention of attacking thousands of Jews gathered below for davening at the Kosel on Tisha B’Av.
“Masked rioters fled into the mosque and started to throw stones and blocks at police from inside Al-Aqsa Mosque. They threw fireworks directly at police,” a police statement said, adding that a number of police were wounded.