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Israeli police enter holy site to disperse riot

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 | 1:18 a.m.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say forces have stormed a Jerusalem holy site to disperse a riot.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says about 20 masked Palestinian youths hurled stones and firecrackers Tuesday from atop the Temple Mount. Police then entered the compound and arrested three people. He said two police officers were lightly wounded.

The site, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, is ground zero in the territorial and religious conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors. Clashes often erupt after Muslims conclude their prayers.

Jews typically pray below at the Western Wall but tensions have grown lately with an increased number of Jews arriving to pray at the Temple Mount as well.

Israel's parliament is set to hold a charged debate Tuesday to discuss the status of sovereignty over the site.