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Israeli forces close major road in occupied East Jerusalem

Aug. 27, 2015 9:13 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 28, 2015 5:25 P.M.)
Israeli forces close a main street into al-Tur on Aug. 27, 2015. (MaanImages)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Thursday closed off a main street in the al-Tur neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem a day after an Israeli police vehicle was torched in the same area, residents said.

The Sulaiman al-Farsi street was closed with cement blocks, blocking access to the Sulaiman al-Farsi mosque, the Mount Olive sports club, and three schools where around 2,000 students study, residents told Ma'an.

It’s also the main entrance of the al-Khalla area, where 3,000-4,000 people live.

An Israeli spokesperson from COGAT had no information on the closure.

Palestinians youths in the al-Tur neighborhood threw a Molotov cocktail at a police jeep on the street overnight Wednesday setting it on fire, locals told Ma'an at the time.

Israeli police and special forces raided the neighborhood following the incident and opened fire with live rounds and stun grenades, detaining three residents, locals added

Israeli news site Ynet reported that one of the police officers was lightly injured by smoke inhalation.

Al-Tur residents, along with the rest of Palestinians living in occupied East Jerusalem, face frequent tension with Israeli forces and settlers who have been present in the area since Israel annexed the area in 1967 in a move never recognized by the international community.

Israeli forces often seal off streets leading into the al-Tur neighborhood following clashes, preventing the movement of residents and hindering crucial services such as ambulances and school buses.
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