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Police: 3 Israeli officers injured in East Jerusalem clashes

Sept. 18, 2015 6:13 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 18, 2015 9:40 P.M.)
Palestinian protestors roll a burning tire during clashes with Israeli police in Shuafat, a neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem. (AFP/ Ahmad Gharabli, File)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Three Israeli police officers were injured during clashes Friday afternoon in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli police said, as dozens of Palestinians were wounded in protests across the West Bank.

An Israeli police spokesperson told Ma’an that the three officers were injured by a petrol bomb, without providing further information.

Israeli media reported that the border police officers were injured in the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood during clashes.

One of the policemen, aged 25, was left with a moderate to serious injury and taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, Haaretz reported.

Officials said about 3,000 police had deployed after three days of violence this week at the sensitive site during the Jewish new year.

Police set up heavily-manned checkpoints on streets leading up to the site in Jerusalem's walled Old City, turning back youngsters, while a police surveillance blimp flew overhead.

"It's a frontline," Mazen Shawish, 52, told AFP. "You have to go though 20 military checkpoints to get to the mosque."

Inside the compound, worshipers prayed without incident. Mosque officials estimated attendance at around 8,000, while police said there were 10,000.

There were reports of clashes following Friday prayers, with Israeli forces firing tear gas, rubber-coated bullets, and sound bombs to disperse worshipers near Damascus Gate, Silwan, and Ras al-Amud.

Israel's parliament, the Knesset, said in a statement on Friday that its foreign affairs and defense committee authorized the call-up of reservists from the paramilitary border police, "in response to the deteriorating security situation in Jerusalem."

It did not indicate when such a mobilization would take place, or its likely size and duration.

Dozens injured in West Bank

In the occupied West Bank, clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces continued into the afternoon, with dozens injured.

In the Kafr Qaddum village in Qalqiliya, at least three Palestinians, including a 13-year-old, sustained gun shot wounds during a weekly Friday march, witnesses said.

Another 15 Palestinians were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets, locals said.

Three Palestinians were injured at the Qalandiya military checkpoint after being shot by rubber-coated steel bullets as protesters marched from Qalandiya refugee camp following Friday prayers, locals said, while clashes were also reported in Hebron, Nablus, Tulkarem, and Qalqiliya.

In Bethlehem, witnesses said Palestinian Authority security forces assaulted demonstrators and detained at least 13 youths. Israeli forces were later deployed near Azza and Aida refugee camps in the north of the city.

Israeli media reported that a Palestinian was shot and injured by a .22 caliber gunshot in the Ramallah-area village of Aboud.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

AFP contributed to this report.
Carol Scheller / Switzerland
3 Israeli police officers and dozens of Palestinian civilians injured, and the Palestinian Prime Minister prevented from going to the scene by Israeli Border Police. No comment.
18/09/2015 21:35
Tibi / Tubas
-1- Suffering, Injuries, and Detention Are the "Fruits of the Resistance",
while Palestinian Statehood, or anything positive, is Not !!
19/09/2015 17:50
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