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Israeli forces reportedly assault 11 Palestinian youths in East Jerusalem

Aug. 31, 2016 6:46 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 1, 2016 1:23 P.M.)
An undated photo shows clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces reportedly assaulted 11 Palestinians in two separate incidents in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, according to Palestinian sources.

Israeli forces reportedly assaulted six Palestinian youths while they were walking in the Bab al-Hitta neighborhood of the Old City on Tuesday night, according to medical sources.

Israeli forces were stationed near the area when they assaulted a group of Palestinian youths who were walking by, using their rifles and batons. The Palestinians reportedly suffered from bruising and were taken to the Makassed hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, Executive Manager of the Burj Al-Luqluq Social Center Society Muntaser Dkaidek said that Israeli forces assaulted five Palestinian football players with their rifles Wednesday morning. The players, who practice at the center in the Old City, were identified as Awni Saida, Ahmad al-Halawani, Muhammad Waleed, Ahmad al-Salayma, Yahya Farah, and Ihab Teiba from the neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz, north of the Old City of Jerusalem.

According to Dkaidek, Israeli forces assaulted the players when they were leaving the center on the street leading to Herod’s Gate as they were still dressed in their football uniforms.

Saida, Farah and al-Halawani were taken to the hospital to receive medical care, Dkaidek said.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an that he was not aware of either event, and rejected the description of the incidents as 'attacks,' telling Ma'an that "Israeli police don't attack Palestinians."

In spite of Rosenfeld's assertions, Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem have reported numerous cases of Israeli forces physically assaulting Palestinians in the city, including security guards at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem routinely report mistreatment by Israeli forces, with Israeli authorities cracking down on Palestinian youths in recent years, while Palestinians have often accused Israeli forces of detaining Palestinian youths without any evidence of wrongdoing, and assaulting them in the process.
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