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October 04, 2002

Palestinians Stone Police Guarding Western Wall

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinians threw stones on Friday at Israeli police guarding Jerusalem's Western Wall plaza which is holy to Jews, and worshippers there had to be temporarily evacuated, police and witnesses said.

The incident occurred after Palestinians finished Friday prayers on the Temple Mount, the site of two mosques holy to Islam that looms above the Western Wall.

Israeli police said about 30 Palestinian youths began throwing stones at police stationed at the entrance of a pathway leading from the side of the plaza up to the Temple Mount compound. "It was thought they were intending to throw rocks into the plaza where (Jewish) worshippers were, so police entered the (Temple Mount) compound and fired a few stun grenades," a spokesman said.

"People were told to leave the Wall plaza below, and the Waqf (Islamic religious authority) then helped calmed the situation down. It is quiet now. Worshippers have returned."

Police had withdrawn from the Temple Mount compound, he added.

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