Mounting Palestinian violence centered on Jerusalem is taking its toll. On Monday afternoon, police advised hospitals across the country to prepare for multiple casualties in expectation of an upsurge of terrorist attacks. The railway service to the south was suspended and farmers in the region advised to avoid working in their fields.
The traditional Jerusalem Day Flag Parade was rerouted to avoid entering the Old City through Damascus Gate where Palestinians are attacking passersby.
The Police and Border Guard earlier stormed Temple Mt. again, when rioting Palestinians began hurling rocks on Jewish worshippers at the Moghrabi Gate below. All the gates leading to the shrine were shut after an attempt to lynch an Israel driver at Lions Gate was narrowly averted. Although armed with shields for the first time, more than 20 officers were injured. The Red Crescent claims more than 300 Palestinian rioters were wounded in the wild melee, 5 seriously.