dimanche 16 juillet 2017

Locals clash with Israeli police outside of Al-Aqsa amid ongoing closure

Les habitants entrent en confrontation avec la police sioniste à l'extérieur d'Al-Aqsa, dans le contexte de fermeture de la mosquée

Israeli border police officers guard a gate to Al-Aqsa Mosque (File)

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinians and Israeli police clashed outside of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem on Saturday, as the holy site remained under lockdown for the second consecutive day following a deadly shooting attack inside the compound that left two Israeli border policemen killed and three Palestinian assailants shot dead.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld wrote in a statement that one Israeli policewoman was treated for light injuries after a "firework" was thrown at her Saturday evening, amid an increasingly tense atmosphere around the mosque. The entirety of the Old City has been shuttered to Palestinians who don't reside there, while Israelis and tourists have been allowed to enter undisturbed, according to Israeli news outlet Haaretz.

Rosenfeld said police were searching the area for the suspects involved and that "general security measures continue."

Sometime later, Israeli police reported clashes in the neighborhood of Silwan, just south of the Old City, and that local Palestinians threw Molotov cocktails at border police, lightly injuring one.

"Police units responded by using non lethal weapons to disperse the rioters and are continuing searching for suspects involved in the incident," Rosenfeld said.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound has been under closure since Friday's attack, reportedly the first time the compound has been closed off to Muslims since 2014 and the first time since 1967 thatPalestinians were restricted from attending Friday prayers.

As a result, local Palestinians have been gathering outside of the mosques entrances and in surrounding streets to pray and to express their opposition to the security measures that have been denounced by Palestinian leadership as collective punishment.

Jerusalem-base Al-Quds News published a video Saturday evening, around the same time the Israeli policewoman was reportedly injured, showing Israeli forces shoving and chasing Palestinians outside the Gate of Remission entrance to the mosque -- known in ...

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