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Dozens of Palestinians injured in clashes in East Jerusalem

April 25, 2015 7:51 P.M. (Updated: April 26, 2015 1:18 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinians were injured in violent clashes across al-Tur and al-Issawiya neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem on Saturday as Palestinians protested the death of Muhammad Abu Ghannam, 17, shot dead by Israeli police late Friday.

Sources told Ma'an that the clashes in al-Tur were concentrated near the Mount of Olives and had broken out when Israeli forces stormed a Palestinian Martyrs' center and began indiscriminately firing tear gas canisters, which Palestinian youths responded to by throwing stones.

The 17-year-old Abu Ghannam, who came from al-Tur, was shot dead at Al-Zayyim checkpoint in occupied East Jerusalem after he allegedly attempted to stab Israeli checkpoint officers.

Israeli police claimed that the teenager began running toward a number of police officers at a checking station "wielding a large knife."

A state of mourning was called for in al-Tur, which led to a mass strike, and witnesses reported that streets across the neighborhood were nearly empty as local schools and institutions closed for the day.

Palestinian Red Crescent official Dr. Amin Abu Ghazaleh said 26 Palestinians had been injured by rubber-coated steel bullets during the clashes, mostly in their upper bodies, and that around 50 had suffered excessive tear gas inhalation.

He said that Israeli forces, including snipers positioned around al-Maqased Hospital, had targeted ambulance crews belonging to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

Two Palestinian medics were injured -- Ahmed al-Shalawdi, who was shot in his shoulder, and Fadi Abedi, shot in his lower extremities.

Abu Ghazaleh said the Palestinian Red Crescent had established a field clinic in the area as ambulances had been prevented from reaching the area.

Meanwhile, in nearby al-Issawiya, a local committee member reported that Israeli forces had stormed the neighborhood just as students were finishing school.

Violent clashes broke out as Israeli forces attempted to block students and teachers from leaving the schools.

Israeli forces reportedly fired tear gas canistersindiscriminatelyand dozens of Palestinians suffered excessive tear gas inhalation.

Abu Ghannam's father Muhammad told Ma'an that after identifying his son's face for Israeli security forces, he had been prevented from seeing his son's body and could not see where or how many times he had been shot.

He said that Israeli intelligence informed him that his son's body would be delivered to the family on the condition that only 20 people attend the funeral.

He told Ma'an that he had refused these conditions and demanded that his son's body be delivered to the family unconditionally.

Tensions have been running high in East Jerusalem since last summer when Jewish extremists kidnapped and murdered a 16-year-old Palestinian boy, Muhammad Abu Khdeir.

There have been a number of attacks by Palestinians on both Israeli security forces and civilians.

In the same time, Israeli forces have detained hundreds of Palestinians across East Jerusalem, including 600 alone in the two months after Abu Khdeir's death, and Israeli forces have also injured dozens of Palestinians.

Earlier this month, the UN reported that for the second time in three weeks Israeli forces using rubber-coated steel bullets had shot and injured a Palestinian child returning from school, on the second occasion a 13-year-old girl.
Any Palestinians hurt / in the EARTH QUAKE
in Nepal?
Hundreds of Israelis are caught there.
25/04/2015 21:15
Tobias / USA
-1- When the "Resistance" (attacks by rock, car, rocket, etc.) stops,
Then Palestinian injuries will stop (And, the choice is theirs.), and
-2- When the Palestinian-Israel Peace Negotiations start,
Then Palestine will have a chance to become a state, and again the choice has always been theirs !
26/04/2015 15:04
inbound39 / New Zealand
When Israel ends the Occupation and illegal settlements then it will get peace. When it ceases to stop a Palestinian State it will get Peace. No people anywhere in the globe will accept subjugation by force as Israel imposes on Palestinians. Palestinians will not cease fighting against oppression.
01/05/2015 15:06
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