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Israeli police detain 3 Palestinians in Jerusalem amid lingering tensions

Aug. 2, 2017 10:52 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 2, 2017 10:52 P.M.)
Israeli police stand in front of Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on October 5, 2015. (AFP/File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Tensions remained in occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday night and Wednesday, as Israeli police reported a number of detentions and incidents.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said a police officer was lightly injured at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem when unidentified individuals threw stones in the direction of Israeli forces.

Rosenfeld said the officer was taken to a hospital for treatment, while police units were deployed in the area looking for suspects.

Meanwhile, Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said that three Palestinians were detained during a detention raid in Shuafat on Tuesday night, adding that local youth threw rocks at police vehicles during the raid, while Israeli forces used unspecified “riot dispersal methods.”

Al-Samri added that Molotov cocktails were thrown at security vehicles in the neighborhood of Silwan on Tuesday night, causing a fire which damaged a number of cars parked nearby, but did not lead to any injuries.

Meanwhile, rocks were also thrown at a train in Jerusalem overnight, al-Samri said without further specifying the location, causing some material damage.

Tensions remain high in Jerusalem in the wake of a 13-day long civil disobedience campaign in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank to denounce security measures installed at the Al-Aqsa compound following a deadly shooting attack on July 14.

The measures sparked widespread protests, as Palestinians said the Israeli move was the latest example of Israeli authorities using Israeli-Palestinian violence as a means of furthering control over important sites in the occupied Palestinian territory and normalizing repressive measures against Palestinians.

Six Palestinians were killed by Israelis when demonstrations were violently repressed, before Israeli forces backtracked and removed the surveillance cameras and metal detectors put up at the entrance of the compound.
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