< html > The Associated Press
Bolivar Commercial
 LATEST NEWS
 Top Stories
 U.S.
  Severe Weather
  Bird Flu
 World
  Castro
  Mideast Crisis
  Iraq
 Business
 Personal Finance
 Technology
 Sports
  Sports Columns
  NASCAR
  Baseball
  College Hoops
  NBA
  NHL
  Tennis
  Golf
 Entertainment
 Health
 Science
 Politics
 Washington
 Offbeat
 Podcasts
 Blogs
 Weather
 Raw News
 NEWS SEARCH
 
 Archive Search
 SPECIAL SECTIONS
 Multimedia Gallery
 AP Video Network
 Today
 in History
 Corrections
Apr 20, 5:55 AM EDT

Palestinian rock throwers arrested at holy site

World Video

Multimedia
Assault on Gaza: Mapping the attacks
Gaza assault takes its toll on children
A closer look at Hamas
Latest News
Palestinian rock throwers arrested at holy site

Vandals damage mosque in northern Israel

Israel arrests Arab journalist over Lebanon visit

Curious about Palestine, Israeli visitors return

Israeli families gather for ritual Passover meal

PHOTO GALLERY
AP Photo

Conflict in the Middle East

Buy AP Photo Reprints
Interactive
West Bank road

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police entered the compound of Jerusalem's holiest site to disperse Palestinians who were throwing rocks at them on Sunday, as thousands of tourists packed the Old City for the Easter and Passover holidays.

The compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is the holiest site in Judaism. Known to Muslims as the "Noble Sanctuary," it is Islam's third-holiest site. It is one of the most sensitive sites in the region.

Tensions have been high at the site for months and similar incidents play out almost every Friday after Muslim prayers. Sunday's violence erupted as thousands of tourists flocked to the area.

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police arrested 16 masked Palestinians who threw rocks and firecrackers as the site was opened to tourists on Sunday. Two officers were hurt, he said.

Azzam Khatib, director general of the, Waqf, Jordan's Islamic authority that manages religious affairs at site, said the incident followed rumors that Moshe Feiglin, a nationalist lawmaker and member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party, planned on visiting the site. Last month, Feiglin initiated a parliament debate about Israel extending sovereignty over the site. No decision was made but it only added to tensions over the area.

"If they will continue, these provocations, then tension and escalation will continue in the place," Khatib said.

"If any windows were broken at the mosque then it was done by the Palestinians who threw rocks and firecrackers," Rosenfeld, the Israeli police spokesman, said.

Israel captured the area from Jordan in the 1967 war. The compound with its holy sites is at the heart of the territorial and religious conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

The fate of the holy city is one of the thorniest issues being discussed in floundering peace talks brokered by the U.S.

© 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.