World Bulletin/News Desk
Scores of Palestinians were wounded by rubber bullets while others suffered temporary asphyxiation from teargas on Wednesday when they clashed with Israeli troops near Ramallah to protest Israeli violations in Jerusalem, eyewitnesses have said.
Eyewitnesses said scores of Palestinian students had hurled stones and empty bottles at an Israeli position near Birzeit, a town in northern Ramallah.
"Israeli troops responded by firing rubber bullets and teargas at Palestinian students, leaving some of them wounded by bullets and others suffering temporary asphyxiation," one witness said.
Clashes also erupted between Palestinians and Israeli troops in the Kafr Aqab Municipality in southern Ramallah, another witness said.
He added that Palestinians had pelted Israeli military vehicles with stones, but said no casualties had been reported from the clashes.
Palestinian faction Hamas in the occupied West Bank, meanwhile, called on Palestinians to stage rallies on Friday to protest Israeli practices in Jerusalem.
On Thursday, Israeli authorities shut the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound indefinitely for the first time since Israel's 1967 occupation of East Jerusalem.
The move came shortly after an extremist Jewish rabbi was seriously injured in a drive-by shooting in Jerusalem late Wednesday.
Following the shooting, Israeli forces gunned down a Palestinian man in a raid on his East Jerusalem home for suspected involvement in the incident.
Earlier Thursday, clashes erupted in parts of East Jerusalem between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces after Israeli authorities closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex and killed the Palestinian suspect.
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.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state – a move never recognized by the international community.Last Mod: 30 Ekim 2014, 16:50