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Palestine: Dozens injured in East Jerusalem clashes

21st Jul 2017
Palestine: Dozens injured in East Jerusalem clashes

JERUSALEM (AA): The number of those injured in clashes with Israeli forces in East Jerusalem rose to 79 on Thursday, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Thirty-seven of the injured were taken to hospital and medical teams are treating others at the scene, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.

“Thirty-six people were injured by rubber bullets in clashes that erupted at the Lions’ Gate [Bab al-Asbat] in the old city of East Jerusalem,” the medical aid group said earlier in a statement.

“The injured were transferred to hospitals for treatment, including two in critical condition after they were struck in the chest,” it added.

“Among the injured were two Turkish citizens,” it said. “They were transferred to Al-Makassed Hospital for treatment.”

“One of them was injured by a rubber bullet in the neck while the other [was hurt] in his leg,” it said.

Palestinians have been staging a demonstration against new Israeli security measures restricting access to Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Protests began Sunday after the mosque’s leadership called on worshippers to boycott new metal detectors installed at the site’s entrances after a deadly shootout last week.

These new security measures have led to a wave of anger among Palestinians, who called for the immediate removal of the metal detectors.

Israel has defended the controversial moves, claiming they were no different from security measures at other holy sites around the world.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the city in 1980, claiming all of Jerusalem as the Jewish state’s “eternal” capital — a move never recognized by the international community.

Sacred to Muslims, Jews, and Christians, Jerusalem is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which for Muslims represents the world’s third holiest site.

[Photo: Israeli security forces perform an identity check and search purses of Palestinian outside the Lion’s Gate, at Al Aqsa Mosque, who refuse to enter because of the metal detectors installed by Israel in Jerusalem on July 20, 2017. Photographer:  Mostafa Alkharouf/AA]

One Response to “Palestine: Dozens injured in East Jerusalem clashes”

RachelJuly 22, 2017

I have seen footage of the murder of two Druze policemen in Jerusalem, and a police woman was also murdered a few weeks prior to that. They were only doing their jobs. Jews visiting Israel that try to access Temple Mount can at times be pushed away and arrested by Israeli as they try to pray on the holiest site in Judiasim Temple Mount which had the dome on the rock built on top of it, so Jews are only allowed to pray at the kotel perimeter wall and respect not to enter the mosque area were in spite of seeing Muslims having picnics, flaying football and having a mosque built on top of there most holy site. The so called protests about. Security measures introduced were actually riots with one Muslim guy deciding to pray in front of the rioting crowd, An Israeli soldier kicked him out of the way and that footage will insensevsome to further violence. They had to step up security there. They are ok with peaceful people going to pray at the mosque and respect it’s also a very holy site in Islam.

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