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15 Arabs rioting on Temple Mount shot with rubber bullets after throwing stones on police officers

By Mason White 4:59 PM February 25, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
At least fifteen Arabs were injured after they allegedly threw stones on police officers, Israel Police said.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, after police entered the Al-Aqsa mosque complex in the Old City of Jerusalem, and dispersed rioters with rubber bullets.

“Police used stun grenades to disperse the rioters,” Micky Rosenfeld, a police spokesperson, said. He added that two police officers were wounded by stones, and three protesters were arrested.

Rescue workers who arrived at the scene, said that fifteen Arabs were treated for injuries.

Last December, a man was arrested, charged and convicted of assaulting a police officer after he was accused of throwing stones at police officers during a riot, according to court proceedings in Israel.

Jerusalem Police said that a local man, Bassem Halaf, was sentenced at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s court to four months in jail for assaulting police officers in a riot.

Halaf was part of a group of people, who attacked police officers on the Temple Mount, four months ago. During a riot, Halaf and others, threw stones and heavy wooden tables at officers at the holy site.

Halaf received a light sentence after pleading guilty to assault as part of a plea bargain with prosecutors.

He was also sentenced to eight months probation.