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Police arrest 3 Palestinians near Temple Mount

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Police arrested three Palestinians during clashes with stone-throwers who targeted tourists at the Temple Mount on Sunday.

Three officers were wounded during the clashes, Police Spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said, describing the incident as a "disturbance on the Temple Mount."

Stone-throwers attacked a group of Christian tourists that were visiting the site. At least 40 officers entered the Temple Mount to deal with the situation, where Rosenfeld said some 50 Palestinians were participating in the rock throwing.

Police arrested three suspects on the scene who were involved directly in the attacks.

Rosenfeld said the Waqf, which manages the Muslim holy sites on the Temple Mount, participated with police to quiet the tense situation.

Despite Palestinian claims of religious Jews trying to storm the Temple Mount, police said that no Jews were around the site.

The incident came after unfounded Palestinians reports that a group of "religious [Jewish] Israelis" tried to "storm" the Temple Mount – where the Aksa mosque and Dome of the Rock are located – on Sunday morning, according to Jordanian semi-official newspaper Ad-Dustour.

Palestinian sources claimed over the weekend that a group of Jews would attempt to storm the Temple Mount in order to "strengthen Israeli sovereignty over the site," according to the Jordanian newspaper.

Last week, Likud activists, including former Likud primary candidate Moshe Feiglin, tried to to access the Temple Mount but were barred entry by police. Police accused the right-wing activists of attempting to disrupt order.

Protests broke out in the Jordanian capital of Amman near the Israeli embassy in reaction to the news, as many Palestinians believe that Jewish Israelis seek to build a Third Temple on the site that is holy to both Jews and Muslims.

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