Israeli police detain a Palestinian in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound following a raid of the site in the Old City of Jerusalem during the Muslim month of Ramadan, Wednesday, April 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

JERUSALEM (JNS) – Israeli police arrested more than 350 Muslim rioters on Wednesday who had barricaded themselves inside Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The rioters, who had smuggled fireworks, clubs and stones into the mosque, blocked the doors inside using iron rods, closets and other objects, police reported.

Police attempted to convince the rioters to leave the site peaceably, and when that failed were forced to enter the compound.

Following the removal of the rioters, Israeli forces left the area. The mosque was also cleaned, as the rioters had “vandalized, defiled, and desecrated it,” police said. The Muslim Fajr prayer was held as planned with police striving to allow significant numbers of Muslim worshippers access to the site.

The Israel Police tweeted on Wednesday morning that terrorist groups continue “reckless incitement” on social media, “alongside false publications regarding the events in the area.”

As reported by VINnews