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110 injured, 12 detained in clashes at Aqsa compound

July 18, 2014 11:14 A.M. (Updated: July 19, 2014 10:54 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinians were injured in Jerusalem after clashes broke out with Israeli forces at the Al-Aqsa compound in the Old City on Friday amid heightened tensions after the Israeli invasion of Gaza the day before.

Dozens suffered bruises, fractures, and cuts in clashes that broke out in the holy compound as Israeli forces raided the area firing stun grenades, rubber-coated steel bullets, and assaulted paramedics and journalists who were forced out of the compound during the clashes.

Medics told Ma'an that more than 110 injured arrived at the Al-Aqsa clinic, a number of whom were transferred to hospitals.

Al-Aqsa director Omar al-Kiswani, and the Palestinian Authority's Jerusalem minister Adnan al-Husseini were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets in the foot and thigh respectively.

The Islamic endowments board director Abdulatheem Salhab and Fayez an-Obaidi were shot with rubber bullets in the chest.

A total of nine people were taken to Makassed hospital, director of the Red Crescent ambulance service Ayman Abu Ghazala said.

Abu Ghazala said that Israeli forces used a new type of rubber-coated steel bullets, replacing the old "blue type" with a new "black type" that causes cuts.

One of the injured was shot with a rubber bullet near the lungs which caused him to bleed and vomit blood, and he was also suffering from bruising in the ribs when he was brought to the clinic. He was subsequently taken to a hospital in serious condition.

An elderly man was injured with a stun grenade that hit him near the eye, and another was hit with a grenade splinter in the chest.

Three women, meanwhile, suffered fractured toes and were taken to a hospital. Five others suffered from various head injuries.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that "masked Arab rioters" had been "throwing stones at officers" and that 12 Palestinians were arrested during the clashes.

Tensions have been running high in recent weeks, after Israeli forces launched a massive campaign across the West Bank in June that led to 10 deaths, 130 injuries, and more than 600 arrests, which was subsequently followed by Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, which has killed nearly 300 Palestinians in the last 11 days.

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