4 Israeli policemen injured in East Jerusalem clashes

Tension has run high in East Jerusalem since late last month, when Israel closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for several hours following the injury of an extremist rabbi

4 Israeli policemen injured in East Jerusalem clashes

World Bulletin/News Desk

Four Israeli policemen were injured on Sunday during clashes with Palestinian youths in Isawiya, an East Jerusalem neighborhood, Israel Radio reported.

The four sustained light injuries, the radio said, quoting Israeli police sources.

Tension has run high in East Jerusalem since late last month, when Israel closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for several hours following the injury of an extremist rabbi who was shot by a Palestinian man in West Jerusalem.

The suspect was later killed by Israeli forces in a raid on his East Jerusalem home.

Since then, several six Israelis, including two security personnel, have been killed and injured in a spate of attacks by Palestinians both inside Israel and in the occupied territories.

Further aggravating the situation, a number of Israeli parliamentarians and scores of Jewish settlers forced their way into the mosque complex in recent weeks, drawing the ire of Muslim worshippers and official condemnation from Arab and Muslim countries.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

In September 2000, a visit to Al-Aqsa by controversial Israeli politician Ariel Sharon triggered what later became known as the "Second Intifada," a popular uprising against Israel's decades-long occupation in which thousands of Palestinians were killed.

 

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