TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher was taken to hospital after Palestinians tried to attack him at Jerusalem's Temple Mount, police officials said.
Maher was taken to Jerusalem's Hadassah Einkarem Hospital after he visited al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, a site sacred to both Jews and Muslims. Police said the attack was carried out by an extremist Muslim faction.
Officials from the Magen David Adom ambulance service, which examined him at the scene, said Maher's medical condition was "not serious and not severe."
Police said when Maher arrived at the entrance to the Temple Mount, several dozen Muslims shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) and "tried to attack him." Shoes were hurled and abuses shouted.
"You're a traitor," the Palestinians said to him. "Why are you coming to pray in an occupied place?"
Police said Israeli security was not at the scene. Police and security officials broke into the compound and evacuated Maheer. Israel radio said worshippers threw shoes at them, too.
Police said Maher walked on his own to the Magen David Adom ambulance. The ambulance service said an emergency team examined him before sending him to hospital for a more detailed examination. Maher left in his car with a paramedic; an ambulance was behind his vehicle.
Earlier, Maher met with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and other senior officials. His trip to Israel was a bid to restart the stalled "road map" to peace between Israel and the Palestinians.