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Israeli police raid Jerusalem holy site, chase Palestinian rioters toward mosque

  • U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pose for a picture during a press conference at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, Oct, 13, 2014. Ban thanked Israel for supporting the Gaza reconstruction efforts, but urged an easing of a longstanding blockade of Gaza. Israel and Egypt imposed the blockade after the Hamas takeover, largely restricting the movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza and stifling the local economy. Netanyahu said the “root cause” of the war was Hamas rocket attacks on Israeli cities. (AP Photo/Menahem Kahana, Pool)

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pose for a picture during a press conference at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, Oct, 13, 2014. Ban thanked Israel for supporting the Gaza reconstruction efforts, but urged an easing of a longstanding blockade of Gaza. Israel and Egypt imposed the blockade after the Hamas takeover, largely restricting the movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza and stifling the local economy. Netanyahu said the “root cause” of the war was Hamas rocket attacks on Israeli cities. (AP Photo/Menahem Kahana, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon give a press conference at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, Oct, 13, 2014. In Jerusalem, Ban thanked Israel for supporting the Gaza reconstruction efforts, but urged an easing of a longstanding blockade of Gaza. Israel and Egypt imposed the blockade after the Hamas takeover, largely restricting the movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza and stifling the local economy. Netanyahu said the “root cause” of the war was Hamas rocket attacks on Israeli cities. (AP Photo/Menahem Kahana, Pool)

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon give a press conference at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, Oct, 13, 2014. In Jerusalem, Ban thanked Israel for supporting the Gaza reconstruction efforts, but urged an easing of a longstanding blockade of Gaza. Israel and Egypt imposed the blockade after the Hamas takeover, largely restricting the movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza and stifling the local economy. Netanyahu said the “root cause” of the war was Hamas rocket attacks on Israeli cities. (AP Photo/Menahem Kahana, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Palestinian woman takes photos of Israeli border police during clashes in the Old City of Jerusalem, Monday Oct. 13, 2014.  Israeli police clashed with young Palestinian protesters on Monday demonstrating against Jews visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam’s third holiest site, a spokeswoman said. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

    A Palestinian woman takes photos of Israeli border police during clashes in the Old City of Jerusalem, Monday Oct. 13, 2014. Israeli police clashed with young Palestinian protesters on Monday demonstrating against Jews visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam’s third holiest site, a spokeswoman said. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)  (The Associated Press)

Israeli police say they have raided a Jerusalem holy site to thwart an attack by Palestinian rioters.

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says police got a tip about a planned violent demonstration and entered the Temple Mount Monday. Troops found firebombs and rocks at the scene and chased the demonstrators toward the Al-Aqsa mosque, where they barricaded themselves inside.

No one was injured in the brief clash.

The hilltop compound is revered by Jews as the Temple Mount, where the two biblical Jewish Temples stood. It is sacred to Muslims, who refer to it as the Haram as-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, marking the place where they believe the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.

The site is the holiest in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam, and a frequent flashpoint for demonstrations.