Israel detains 12 Palestinians in East Jerusalem

Israel forces arrested 12 suspects yesterday evening involved in disturbances, and in two weeks 200 Palestinians detained...

Israel detains 12 Palestinians in East Jerusalem

World Bulletin / News Desk

Israeli forces detained 12 Palestinians in East Jerusalem on Thursday, taking to 200 the total number of Palestinians detained in two weeks.

"Police arrested 12 suspects yesterday evening involved in disturbances," Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld wrote on Twitter on Friday.

"Over the last 2 weeks, 200 suspects have been arrested," he added.

Tension has been running high in East Jerusalem since Israel closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound last week following the shooting of an extremist rabbi in west Jerusalem.

The closure of Al-Aqsa, along with the killing of a young Palestinian man suspected of shooting the rabbi, fueled angry protests by Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

On Wednesday, an Israeli police officer was killed when a Palestinian driver ran over a group of Israeli pedestrians in East Jerusalem. The attacker was shot and killed by Israeli forces.

The Palestinian motorist who ran them over, meanwhile, was shot and killed by Israeli police in the immediate wake of the attack.

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.

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