Israel Police leave Temple Mount as calm returns to Jerusalem

Calm appeared to be prevailing on the streets of Jerusalem on Wednesday evening, after hours of bloody clashes apparently sparked by the shooting of a Palestinian by an Israeli security guard in the early hours of the morning. Police also redeployed from the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, situated on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Israeli riot police had entered the mosque compound on Wednesday afternoon, to push back Palestinians who had thrown rocks at the Western Wall below, a police spokesman said.

The Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, had been filled with worshipers praying ahead of the Sukkot festival which begins at sundown.

The police forces left soon after, saying that calm appeared to have returned to the area .The Palestinians had initially withdrawn into the mosque, Islam’s third-holiest shrine, when the police officers arrived, the spokesman said.