Police fired into the air to disperse a crowd of young Arabs from the Old City's Temple Mount area in Jerusalem, when they staged a noisy demonstration after prayers in the El Aqusa and Omar Mosques on Friday (20 February).
GV EXTERIOR ZOOM IN TO LV Security guard on battlements of Temple Mount
SV Police with riot shields and truncheons (2 shots)
SV PAN UP TO Officials on balcony
SV Arabs leaving prayers (2 shots)
GV ZOOM IN TO SV Riot police with shields moving in to demonstration (2 shots)
SV Policemen use truncheons on demonstrators (2 shots)
SV Demonstrators taken away by police (4 shots)
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Background: Police fired into the air to disperse a crowd of young Arabs from the Old City's Temple Mount area in Jerusalem, when they staged a noisy demonstration after prayers in the El Aqusa and Omar Mosques on Friday (20 February).
Police said that about 400 youngsters were involved. Some of them threatened to attack a police post. About thirty teenagers, including some form towns in the Occupied West Bank of Jordan, were detained.
The disturbance was one of a series of protests in the area since a magistrate's court ruling two weeks ago dismissed charges against Jewish youngsters who had held a prayer meeting on Temple Monut. A number of Arabs have already been fined for their part in earlier protests.
The area, which houses two of Islam's most sacred Mosques, is also revered by Jews as the site of their destroyed temple. Some Jews will not enter the area for fear of desecrating the site of the Ancient Temple's Holy of Holies, the actual location of which is unknown. Until the magistrate's ruling the authorities banned Jewish religious services there.
The state prosecutor has appealed against the decision and the Minister of Police has said Jews will not be allowed to gather for prayers there in the meantime.