Oct 18, 2021
JERUSALEM WEATHER

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As violence raged on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem with Palestinian rioters throwing stones and fireworks at Israeli police, a fire broke out, engulfing the silver dome of the Al Aqsa Mosque in smoke. The scene was filmed by Israel365 correspondent Josh Wander.

Monday was Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), the 54th anniversary of the IDF conquering the Temple Mount in the 1967 Six-Day War. As such, the Temple Mount Compound was supposed to be open to Jewish visitors but Jerusalem has been struck recently with a wave of violence focused on the Temple Mount, leading to the decision to close the site to Jews. The route of the annual Jerusalem Day parade was changed to detour past the Damascus Gate, entering the Old City via the Jaffa Gate. But rockets were fired at Jerusalem from Gaza leading to the parade being canceled.

Temple Mount (Photo via Twitter Israel Police)

The fire was extinguished and no damage to the structure was reported.

21 police officers were reported injured amid the clashes, according to Israeli media. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said more than 300 Palestinians were injured in the clashes on the Temple Mount on Monday.
“A struggle is now raging over the heart of Jerusalem,” PM Netanyahu said during a speech at the annual state ceremony honoring the memory of the Ethiopian Jews who died on their way to Israel. “This is not a new struggle, this is a struggle between intolerance and tolerance; between law-breaking violence and law and order.”

This is a developing story and will be updated.