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9 injured, 3 detained after clashes in Jerusalem
Published Friday 18/04/2014 (updated) 20/04/2014 11:45
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Nine Palestinians were injured and three detained in clashes with Israeli forces in East Jerusalem on Friday after Israeli police imposed tight restrictions on worshipers at the Al-Aqsa compound.

Medics said that nine elderly Palestinians were wounded after Israeli forces sprayed them with pepper spray while they were trying to enter the Al-Aqsa compound from the Chain Gate. The injured were treated in Al-Aqsa clinic.

Witnesses said that Israeli forces also beat one of the Al-Aqsa guards as well as another person after preventing them from entering the compound.

In Ras al-Amoud, Israeli forces arrested three Palestinian after clashes that followed Friday noon prayers.

Israeli undercover forces raided the Abu Sway area and arrested Naim al-Zaghal, 16, Hamza al-Ghoul, 17, and a third person yet to be identified, area residents said.

Israeli police confirmed that border police units detained the three, adding that they were "involved in throwing stones at officers in Ras al Amud this afternoon."

Hundreds had prayed in the streets of the Old City earlier in the day under tight police supervision after they were prevented from nearing the compound.

Police and border guards were heavily deployed throughout the city, while several major traffic junctions were closed and checkpoints erected around the Old City.









Because of the sensitive nature of the Al-Aqsa compound, Israel maintains a compromise with the Islamic trust that controls it to not allow non-Muslim prayers in the area. Israeli forces regularly escort Jewish visitors to the site, leading to tension with Palestinian worshipers.

The compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque and is the third holiest site in Islam.

Al-Aqsa is located in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian territories that have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Maisie / UK
18/04/2014 23:33
How much longer can such violations be endured before another intifada? And, with all of the Zionazis new and improved weaponry, perhaps another bloodbath? This is a painful reminder of events in Germany leading up to the war. Is this a past only to invoked as perpetual evidence of victimhood rather than an horrific lesson of history which should never be repeated? Well, it is being repeated and will continue until voices of decency are heard from the rest of the world. WE AWAIT THOSE VOICES.

2 ) JoeFattal / USA
19/04/2014 00:53
Israel again is turning to religion to enforce and impose their restrictions on worshipers Muslims and Christians. They using their own religion to justify their rights in the land and further their occupation and using other religion Islam and Christianity to justify their move. Not to bring up the holocaust, but seeing what Israel is doing in Palestine it does give you a sense to believe that the Nazis were probably right of doing what they did to million of them.

3 ) Shalom / Canada
20/04/2014 17:44
Yet more clashes in Al Aqsa, more provocation, interesting times ahead. Let's hope the negotiations continue & Abbas doesn't 'throw away the keys to the PA' (well not so worried about the keys, as two state solution still achieved; Israel with W. Bank & Jerusalem & State of Gaza). However, with Abbas gone, or more importantly with negotiations gone, trouble might finally flare up to fill the void! World will continue as usual though!
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