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11 detained, several injured in East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa clashes

Sept. 19, 2015 11:52 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 19, 2015 7:16 P.M.)
An Israeli policeman with a seized flag, bearing a portrait of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, after clashes with Palestinians on Sept. 18, 2015 near the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AFP/ Thomas Coex)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Eleven Palestinians were detained and several more injured by Israeli forces, one by live fire, during fierce clashes that broke out across occupied East Jerusalem on Friday against restrictions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, locals told Ma'an.

Clashes were reported in Jabal al-Mukabbir, Issawiya, Shufat Refugee Camp, al-Tur, Silwan, Abu Dis, al-Izariya, al-Suwwana and Wadi al-Joz neighborhoods throughout the day and night.

In Jabal al-Mukabbir, locals told Ma'an that Israeli forces stormed the neighborhood, ransacking several homes and confiscating surveillance cameras from shops, as shop owners on the main streets were forced to shut down their stores.

Israeli forces detained eight young men from the neighborhood. Some of the detainees were taken from the street, while others were detained in their homes and assaulted before being transferred to the Oz police station.

An Israeli police spokesperson told Ma’an Friday that the three Israeli officers had been injured by a petrol bomb in the neighborhood, reportedly after attempting to chase down Palestinian youth attempting to blockade a road with dumpsters and tires.

Separately, locals said that Israeli forces shot and injured injured a spokesman of the Fatah movement in the Shufat Refugee Camp, Ther al-Fasfous, with live fire, and dozens of others suffered from inhaling tear gas.

Israeli forces also detained a young man from the camp during clashes.

In Abu Dis and al-Izariya, fierce clashes were reported at the Kubsa crossroads and al-Quds University Street.

A spokesman for popular committees in East Jerusalem neighborhoods, Hani Halabiya, told Ma’an that dozens of young men were hit with rubber-coated bullets. Four were evacuated a local clinics for treatment.

In the al-Isawiya neighborhood, dozens of young men also suffered from tear gas while dozens of others were hit with rubber coated bullets when Israeli forces raided the area, a member of a local committee Muhammad Abu al-Hummus told Ma'an.

In the neighborhood of al-Tur, a boy was hit with a rubber-coated bullet in the head and moderately injured, according to medics. Israeli forces also detained a teenage boy.

In the Suwwana neighborhood, Israeli forces deployed on rooftops of residential buildings, firing tear gas canisters and stun grenades at young men who clashed with soldiers near the illegal Israeli outpost Beit Orot.

In Wadi al-Joz, a Palestinian woman was hit with a stun grenade after Israeli forces stormed an alley known as Hosh Saida.

Israeli forces also stormed the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and detained a teenage boy after breaking into his home.

An Israeli police spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment on Friday's detentions or injuries.

Palestinian Muslim worshippers perform traditional Friday prayers on a street as Israeli police block access to Al-Aqsa Mosque on September 18, 2015. (AFP/Thomas Coex)

'Bringing back order'

The widespread unrest in East Jerusalem on Friday came after days of rising tension surrounding the one of many of the occupied city's holy sites, the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Palestinians fear that Israeli authorities will renege on a longstanding agreement preventing non-Muslim prayer in the compound, further quashing hopes for East Jerusalem to be the capitol of the still unrealized Palestinian state.

The number of Jewish visitors to the mosque compound has grown in recent years and so too have their demands for access and over sovereignty.

More than the actual numbers, which are still relatively low, the upward trend is alarming Palestinians along with statements of Israeli officials -- including cabinet ministers -- calling for the replacement of the Muslim site with the third Jewish temple.

The protesters in East Jerusalem as well as across the West Bank and Gaza Strip adopted the same slogan everywhere: "By our soul and our blood, we sacrifice ourselves for you Al-Aqsa."

In an emergency meeting held Friday morning, the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee approved the call-up of reservists from the Israeli Border Police in response to spiraling frustrations in the area.

”Border Patrol fighters have a rich and successful history of dealing with hostile and violent activity,” Committee chairman Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud) said, according to a Knesset press release.

Officials said about 3,000 police had deployed after three days of violence this week around the Old City during the Jewish new year earlier in the week.

”Stationing Border Patrol troops in the capital will help bring back order quickly,” Hanegbi said at the time.

According to media reports. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this week requested the use of 0.22 caliber bullets -- used by Israeli forces in the West Bank but not Jerusalem -- be allowed in response to stone throwers in the city.

Rights group B’Tselem warned that such a move would "exacerbate the cycle of violence with lethal results" rather than "restore order" in the area.

AFP contributed to this report.
Comments
Three / Truths
-1- The "Longstanding agreement" was Not made with Palestinians.
-2- "Preventing non-Muslim prayer" at the Al Aqsa compound is Not Possible for Israel, and
-3- "The Cycle Of Violence" Will Not Help, to realize either a Palestinian state, or a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem !!
19/09/2015 18:14
Joe Fattal / USA
WE know that the Palestinians are fighting to protect their Mosque. What the Jews are fighting for?. If it is for what is underneath, or what was there before the Mosque was build they need to take a good look at some of the archeological findings that hasn't found
19/09/2015 21:22
Joe Fattal / USA
Cont...any remnants of any first or second Temple ever was build in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Yes they are saying that if it was there it was probably build very far out from the Mosque but there nothing that proves otherwise. Of course they been using their religious scriptures
19/09/2015 21:27
Joe Fattal / USA
Cont.... to prove their point, but the Bible, the Torah even the Koran might tell you what they want you to believe but in most cases it's not the truth. The Aqsa Mosque stand like a sore thumb, you just can't deny it, but anything else as the first Temple or the second is purely mystical.
19/09/2015 21:31
@ Joe / USA
The Mosque is not threatened, or in need of protection !!

Jews are only fighting when Muslims force them to defend
either themselves or their state !! And,

The "sore thumb" is on Muslim hands, where they must see Jews on the site, and constantly worry, that a Jewish payer might be said !!
20/09/2015 15:18
More / Truths
- Only Muslims have a word for "religious war" (Jihad), and only Muslims are "turning question of Palestine into" one, because they reject
- The Jewish State's requirements for Palestine:
-1- TWO STATES FOR TWO PEOPLES, IN PEACE,
AND -2- NEGOTIATIONS, as the way to it !!
20/09/2015 15:19
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