Violent clashes in Jerusalem: Israelis tighten security of al-Aqsa mosque

Violent clashes in Jerusalem: Israelis tighten security of al-Aqsa mosque

Jerusalem has been caught up in violence following the tightening of security at al-Aqsa mosque, part of the Temple Mount holy site. That’s after the killing of two border police officers last week.


Palestinian wounded by Israeli soldiers

RAMALLAH, WEST BANK – JULY 23: Israeli security forces hold a position during clashes between demonstrators and Israeli security forces as the demonstrators protest against the Israeli restrictions on the Al-Aqsa Compound, at the Qalandiya checkpoint, between Ramallah and Jerusalem, in Ramallah, West Bank, on July 23, 2017. Israeli Government restricted entrance of under 50-year-old Palestinians to the the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound and assembled metal detector gates. Qalandiya military checkpoint, located between East Jerusalem and West Bank. ( Issam Rimawi – Anadolu Agency )

A Palestinian was heavily wounded on Monday by Israeli soldiers, Palestine’s Red Crescent said in a statement.

A young man was wounded as Israeli soldiers opened fire during violence in the town of Hizma east of Jerusalem, according to the statement.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital and is in critical condition, the statement added.

Anger has spilled across the West Bank since last week when Israel shut East Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque, venerated by Muslims and Jews – who call the site Temple Mount – following a deadly shootout.

The mosque was reopened after two days, with Israel installing metal detectors and cameras at its gates.

Three Palestinians were killed on Friday in protests against the Israeli measures around the holy site. Three Israelis were also killed in an attack in a settlement in the West Bank.

Israel refused to remove the detectors, claiming the security measures were similar to procedures taken at other holy sites around the world.

The city of Jerusalem is sacred to members of all three Abrahamic faiths – Muslims, Jews and Christians – and al-Aqsa Mosque represents the Islamic world’s third-holiest site.

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