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More protests at Jerusalem's Temple Mount

  |   Feb. 10, 2007 at 7:19 PM
JERUSALEM, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Jerusalem was relatively quiet, though there were more protests Saturday, during a two-day halt in construction near the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount.

A spokesman for Jerusalem police, Inspector Micky Rosenfeld, said protesters threw stones at a tour bus carrying Canadians and there were a few other incidents, The New York Times reported. Thousands of angry Muslims clashed Friday with police.

"No one was injured, and as far as we are concerned, things are relatively calm and quiet," Rosenfeld said Saturday.

The mount is revered by Jews as the site where temples stood before they were destroyed in ancient times. The mosque is Islam's third-holiest site and the area is known as Haram al-Sharif or Noble Sanctuary.

Israeli officials say the construction work, rebuilding a ramp used by visitors, will not damage any of the structures -- and is next to, but not actually on, the Temple Mount. Many Muslims believe the project is part of a plan to take over their shrines.

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