Jerusalem Quiet after 'Day of Rage'

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JERUSALEM, Israel - By Tuesday afternoon Israeli police had restored order to the capital after "a Day of Rage" called for by Hamas and the Islamic Movement.

Fifteen policemen were wounded in the clashes and more than 60 rioters arrested. Palestinian medics said they treated 100 people, 10 of whom sustained serious injuries.

Rock-throwing rioters burned tires and set trash containers on fire and some used live ammunition. One policeman was shot in the hand and evacuated to Hadassah University Hospital on Mount Scopus.

Police used stun grenades to disperse the mob at the Majlis Gate, where rioters chanted "Allah hu akbar" (Allah is greater).

Israel Police Inspector General David Cohen told reporters he did not think Tuesday's rioting would spark a third intifada (armed Palestinian uprising). He blamed Palestinian leaders for inciting the riots.

Cohen said larger than normal police units will be deployed throughout the city until the end of the week. The police chief expects calm to return next week.

Earlier, Cohen said the job of the police "is to keep a relative calm and to allow freedom of worship for all three religions."

"But there are signs of elements attempting to cause disturbances. We have made massive preparations and we will continue to remain on standby until Friday," Cohen said.

"The incitement we have seen from last Friday until today shows that our deployment was correct," he said.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak lifted the closure on Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and reopened access to the Temple Mount.


The Jerusalem Post contributed to this report.

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