JERUSALEM, April 17 (UPI) -- A riot broke out in Jerusalem on Wednesday -- the middle of Passover -- as Palestinians clashed with Israeli police near a revered holy site.
The cause of the rioting is in dispute, with both sides blaming each other for the violence.
Riad Mansour, the Palestinian representative to the United Nations, submitted a letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that accused Israel of inciting violence in order to tighten control over the holy site -- known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims.
Israeli media accused the Palestinians of instigating the violence and claimed that protesters slept at the holy site in anticipation of clashing with the Jewish pilgrims during Passover's week-long festival.
Israeli riot police stormed the holy site on Wednesday. Palestinians threw rocks and police fired tear gas, stun grenades, and reportedly rubber bullets.
Tensions between Israel and Palestine spiked earlier in the week when a Palestinian gunman opened fire at vehicles, killing an Israeli police officer who was traveling with his wife and young son.
Mideast peace talks were suspended Wednesday, with plans for Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to meet on Thursday.
[Wall Street Journal]